A Concert From The Heart

A Concert From The Heart

A Fundraiser To Benefit The Families Of J.J. Nicastro And Jackson Altieri

Over the past several weeks citizens across Cape Ann and across the nation have been moved by the stories of Gloucester’s J.J. Nicastro and Jackson Altieri, both afflicted with serious heart conditions. On Saturday, August 11, the community will unite behind the families of J.J. and Jackson in an outdoor fundraising concert entitled ‘A Concert from the Heart’ at Gloucester High School’s Newell Stadium.

This special evening will feature the performances of Fly Amero, Allen Estes and David Brown, who will donate their professional services and lead a team of local musicians giving of themselves in tribute to these two boys beginning at 6 p.m.

Similarly, local vendors will provide food beginning at 5 p.m., with a substantial portion of sales committed to the fundraising effort.

Tickets are priced at $15 per person for seating on the field and in the bleachers, and all are general admission. Advanced purchase of tickets is encouraged, with availability online at www.concertfromtheheart.org or at local outlets listed on the website.

In addition to raising funds, which will be collected by the Gloucester Fund and distributed to the two families, the event will also seek to raise awareness and participation in blood and organ donation programs. These efforts will be led by Gloucester-based Citizens for Public Safety.

Importantly, volunteers and sponsors are still needed to make the evening a success. Anyone wishing to help should either visit www.concertfromtheheart.org or contact Senator Bruce Tarr at 617-722-1600, Councilor Sefatia Romeo at 978-283-1527, or Cindy Donaldson at Addison Gilbert Hospital at 978-283-4000 ext. 126.

‘A Concert from the Heart’ is the product of weeks of planning by many community members including Senator Bruce Tarr, Cindy Donaldson of Addison Gilbert Hospital, Representative Anthony Verga, City Councilors Sefatia Romeo, Jackie Hardy and Walter Peckham, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Brian Tarr, Gloucester Fund members Brent ‘Ringo’ Tarr, Anthony and Joanne Marks and Barry Pett, Peter and Vickie Van Ness of the Van Ness Group and Tonianne Enes. The group has been meeting at Addison Gilbert Hospital, and will continue to work diligently to make the event a success.