June 10, 2014
DATE: March 23, 2014
CONTACT: Roxanne Debski-Seigel
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Offices in Newton NJ & Milford PA.
PHOTO: R.E.N.O, comprised of local musicians John Meyer, Bob Peters, Tom Gomex, Bill Balkau and Bill Gerringer, can be seen playing throughout the tri-state. Musically, R.E.N.O. is evolving from a beginner band into a polished sound. Years of practice and collaboration have paid off with 38 original songs and some favorite covers and a new CD titled Cosmic Soup. Along with the their following of so many giving folks, their mission to play music, have fun and help others has been realized again and again.
BRANCHVILLE — Billy Joel once referred to music as “an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by,” a sentiment mirrored by a local band R.E.N.O. whose website reads “our goal is PLAYING MUSIC, HAVING FUN AND HELPING OTHERS! Tom Gomez, R.E.N.O.’s lead singer and songwriter has been at the forefront embracing local causes and working within his community and with musical colleagues to support many causes in need. “As musicians, we enjoy any opportunity to collaborate and share our creativity with others, but when we set our sights on helping a person, or a cause, this experience reaches further into the depths of our hearts.” stated Gomez.
R.E.N.O. will convene with several other well-known area musicians to set their sights on supporting Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice for their upcoming Heart of Hospice Music Fest at American Legion on Route 206 in Branchville on Saturday, April 5 between the hours of 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission at the door is a $10.00 donation and includes hours of entertainment and a buffet prepared by members of the American Legion. The bands that have committed to share their time and talent for this all day, family friendly event will fill the Legion with an array of musical genres. Featured performers at the Heart of Hospice Music Fest are :
Cardon Racquet & Friends — Cardon Raquet plays a “monster” guitar from Southern Rock to the Grateful Dead and Jimmy Hendrix. The guy has all the tools to lead any band on a great musical journey! Has also donated his music many times for R.E.N.O. benefits and others! – Tom Gomez
The Acoustic Wolves — Features mandolins, guitars and beautiful harmonies within their always eclectic set list of original music, folk music and classic rock.
Fish House Road — Guitars Mandolin’s, Drums, Bass! Great Harmony and Dancing songs! This band is so much fun to listen to! Nick DeBiasio heads this “very fun” band. – Tom Gomez
Culver Gap Band with Jerry Hoffman — Culver Gap band W/ Jerry Hoffman…this is a pure BLUEGRASS AMERICANA sound! Mostly original music (written by Jerry Hoffman and Mike Alexander), these guys take to a new level with strong vocals and amazing musical arrangements! This band weaves some traditional covers into their show to create an unforgettable music experience!
R.E.N.O — R.E.N.O is comprised of local musicians John Meyer, Bob Peters, Tom Gomex, Bill Balkau and Bill Gerringer and can be seen playing throughout the tri-state area. Bob Peters and Tom Gomez have a lot of original music between them, and with time and a lot of “fun work”, they have put together a playlist of almost all original “R.E.N.O. music”. R.E.N.O. has been part of raising over $750,000.00 for area charities since 2006, participating in 325 events that have spanned health, education, military, children’s, veterans, community service groups, food pantries and international relief issues. “There have been many bands and businesses in Sussex County who donate their sounds and efforts to R.E.N.O. year after year, and it is this level of generosity that helps R.E.N.O. embrace the community and needs at hand,” notes Tom Gomez, “One important thing to remember about R.E.N.O. is, it is not our band that makes this all happen, it is the all the wonderful people who help put benefits together, all the businesses who donate their hard earned money and products to us “very often!” stated Gomez. R.E.N.O. donates 100% of the proceeds to the charity and all bands play for free. Thank you to AG Pizza, Newton Pizza, Home Depot, Sussex Meat Packing, Café Pierot, Prime Time Meats, Dominick’s Pizza, Yellow Cottage Bakery, Hinkley Auto Sale and Smith-McCracken and Wood Funeral Homes, Third Base Pub, Buds Bar, Dales Market, Kents Liquors, Jimmys Pizza, Stokes Steak House, Riveira Maya, and more. “Many of the musicians and volunteers supporting the Heart of Hospice Music Fest have been touched personally by Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and have witnessed the level of support that is extended to the patients and families in their care. This event is our way to raise funds, spread awareness and to say thank you for their three-plus decades of supporting our community,” concludes Gomez.
For more information about the Heart of Hospice Music Fest, please call 973-383-0115, 800-882-1117 or visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org. The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and Bereavement for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Northwest NJ and Northeast PA; please call 800 882 1117 to reach any of our services. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and the preferred hospice provider for the Atlantic Health Care System in our area of service. The Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice in Fredon will be opening in 2014. The Home will offer in-patient units, respite care, and routine hospice care. For programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org. Stay up to the minute with us! Facebook.com/KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.