Thursday, July 26, 2012

"ROCK TO DEFEAT ALS" benefit in honor of Jim Marino on August 4th, 2012.

Racine, Wisconsin - July 26, 2012 - It's that time of year, again. Time to show our support for ALS! This year Vintage Rock Cafe will be hosting our second Annual "ROCK TO DEFEAT ALS" benefit in honor of Jim Marino on August 4th, 2012.
Jim Marino was afflicted with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and sadly lost his battle on October 16th, 2009.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy - giving help and hope to those facing the disease.
Rock To Defeat ALS at Elmwood Plaza
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In memory of Jim Marino, Vintage Rock Cafe is hosting "Rock to Defeat ALS". Jim graduated from William Horlick High School "Class of 1969" and then joined the United States Marine Corps receiving an honorable discharge in 1971 due to a preexisting injury. Jim was honored to serve his community as a Racine Police Officer from 1975-1990. He received the Award of Excellence in police duty in 1981, 1987, and 1993. He also received the Meritorious Service Award in 1979. Jim always continued to think of himself as a cop. He retired from the police force to become a small business owner of Vintage Rock Café having several business partners over the years. Jim was an avid Harley Davidson rider seeing most of the country on his motorcycle. He was proud that he took 7 rides with the former Governor, Tommy Thompson. Jim loved oldies, rock 'n roll and country music and had an ability to captivate an audience with his story telling. He never met a casino or slot machine he didn't like. James Marino was a good man with a huge heart, generous pockets, an infectious smile, and a presence that was undeniable.
Jim was a United States Marine, a Racine Police Officer, an avid Harley Davidson rider and a previous owner of Vintage Rock Cafe, which is presently owned by his son Tony Marino. "Rock to Defeat ALS" will run from 12pm until 12am, on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Elmwood Plaza Shopping Center Parking Lot in front of Vintage Rock Cafe, located at 3701 Durand Ave., Racine, Wisconsin. There will be live music performed by several local bands, along with great food, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. Join us for food, fun and great LIVE music, with all proceeds benefiting the ALS Association.
We would be grateful if you would be kind enough to pass this information along to any direct media access or web outlets or to any parties who may be interested. Please contact me if you have any questions. Jim Marino made a huge personal contribution to our community, and fought hard against this catastrophic disease. Please do anything you can to support this cause and honor our memory of him. Together we can make a difference.
Donna Thew
Vintage Rock Cafe
Rock to Defeat ALS, Coordinator
Gillian Jaeck
Vintage Rock Cafe
Rock to Defeat ALS, Coordinator

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