ROCKER SOFTBALL TO BENEFIT ASBURY PARK MUSIC FOUNDATION

By: Chris Jordan - Asbury Park Press

There will be hitmakers and home runs at the Asbury Park Music Foundation charity softball tournament, Sunday, Aug. 30 at the Asbury Park High School baseball fields.

Teams representing the Lakehouse Music Academy, Sackman Enterprises, iStar, Smith Group, Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, Madison Marquette, Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits, 1st Constitution Bank, Eneractive Solutions, Asbury Park Press, Asbury Underground, Johnny Menotti and the Asbury Park Police and Fire departments. A few nationally known and local grown rock stars will be playing, too, said organizer Matt Hockenjos of the Asbury Park Music Foundation.

“Softball is kind of a part of the DNA of Asbury Park,” Hockenjos said. “It’s even tied to music.”

Members of the E Street Band used to play music industry teams as the “E Street Kings.”

The upcoming tournament will support the Asbury Park Music Foundation’s youth initiative program “Music Saved My Life” programs, which includes a permanent music curriculum for Hope Academy Charter School; a Hip-Hop Institute in the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County and music for the Asbury Park Summer Recreation Camp. Last year, the Foundation raised nearly $60,000 to support funding of these programs.

The day will feature live music by the Lakehouse Music Academy Pros and other local talent, a 50/50 raffle and gift auction and food donated by Café Mumfords.

There will also be a crowd source funding campaign kickoff for the Asbury Park Music Foundation, which is moving from its current location on Cookman Avenue to the Lakehouse Music Academy on Lake Avenue.

Visit musicsavedmylifenj.org for more information. If you are interested in taking part in the softball tournament, please contact Hockenjos athockenjosm@gmail.com or 732-775-8900.

The double elimination tournament begins at 10 a.m. and it’s open to the public.

“It’s something different,” Hockenjos said. “It’s not your usual black-tie fundraiser or concert.”

Chris Jordan: cjordan@app.com.

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