SNAP Benefit Concert and Silent Auction To Aid Best Buddies Program

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On Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Tracy’s Bar and Grill, SNAP will launch its first annual benefit concert and silent auction. SNAP is a charitable organization created to fund and support programs that encourage and educate children with special needs. “These children are our priority,” says founder Jocelyn Joiner. “We are committed to enriching their lives through inclusion in the general education environment. We encourage programs that strengthen children’s abilities through interactive learning styles where each student can have an opportunity for success, while working at their own pace.”

Best Buddies is a program SNAP is currently supporting within the Long Beach Unified School District. Anthony Kennedy Shriver conceived Best Buddies International in 1987. The program aims to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities by pairing them in rewarding one-on-one friendships with non-developmentally disabled peers. Studies show that most people with developmental disabilities never experience a meaningful friendship at any time throughout their lives. Best Buddies seeks to end this painful, potentially life-long isolation through its positive and meaningful social interaction opportunities. Best Buddies envisions a world where people with developmental disabilities are so successfully integrated into schools, workplaces and communities that its services will someday be unnecessary. The Best Buddies program was introduced into Long Beach in 1996 starting with Millikan High School. The program has grown to include high school chapters, middle school as well as a higher education chapter serving the California State University at Long Beach. With the help of this event, the SNAP organization hopes is to establish the Best Buddies program in all Long Beach Unified elementary schools. For more information, visit http://www.bestbuddies.org.

The benefit concert and silent auction is Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 3-8pm at Tracy’s Bar and Grill 5511, East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90808. Tickets for the event are $10. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at http://www.snapca.org/ or at the door.

Six Pack To Go is the first band to play with their hard-driving rockabilly and country sounds. They have no boundaries and don’t stick to tradition. Dead Ringers South Bay will go on next covering songs from Johnny Cash to Rappers Delight. Band members include Chris Claudino, Mike Rorwick, Francisco Russo Jr. and Scott Pressey. The third and final band is an 80’s Glam Metal Tribute band by the name of Sunset Teaze covering music from White Lion, Bullet Boys, Poison, Ratt, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Warrant and more. Band members include Blade Michaels on Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Dexter Rose on Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals, Austin Tacious on Lead Guitar and Micky Crash on Drums.

The silent auction has received donations thus far from Knott’s Berry Farm who contributed four tickets, a skateboard and t-shirt from Long Beach Skate, Pena Construction donated three decorative cutting boards, a month of unlimited classes at Physique On 6th, Long Beach Museum of Art donated four museum passes, Dominico’s on 2nd Street provided a gift certificate for lunch or dinner, Indulgence Day and Med Spa For Men & Women donated a (one client) package which includes a 30 minute mini facial refresher, 30 minute Swedish back & shoulder massage and a Crystal-free Microdermabrasion. Cerritos Performing Arts Center donated a gift certificate towards a show, Pump It Up donated a gift certificate towards a birthday party and Lakewood YMCA Gymnastics Center donated a birthday party. The Traveling Traveler is donating two $200 travel packages. Fullerton Bikes is also involved and Anna Orr Hair Stylist donated a haircut and accessory basket. SNAP is in the process of obtaining many more auction items from local restaurants, day spas, museums, boat rentals, retail stores and vacation packages.

There will be giveaways throughout the evening. Food can be purchased from Tracy’s Bar and Grill and all ages are welcome. Tracy’s Bar and Grill is located at 5511, East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90808-3736. (562) 421-1726.

Special Needs and Abilities Project otherwise known as SNAP is a newly formed 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation in Long Beach that raises money to benefit and support children with special needs.

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