MONMOUTH ARTS GALA
Thank you for joining us at Rock the Arts!! We hope you had as much fun as we did! It was the perfect evening at The Asbury Hotel with amazing performances by Taylor Tote, Quincy Mumford, and honoree Remember Jones. Special thanks to Craig Kiely Designs for donating the beautiful flower arrangements, Hatteras for donating the ad journals, Stephen Rubino, our emcee, Monmouth Arts Board Members, volunteers, and everyone else who made it a successful night!
It's been a tough year for the arts and your support means so much to us. All funds raised from the gala will enrich the quality of life for Monmouth County residents through arts programs and services. The arts have the power to keep us all connected and we are so happy we got the chance to be together again last night. We look forward to your continued support and more socially distanced events with you in the near future!
It's not too late to bid and donate!
The fun isn't over yet! We still have a few great gifts to bid on in our Last Chance Auction, including a Bruce Springsteen autographed guitar. Take home these awesome prizes while they're still available. Ends 10/2. Were you having too much fun to participate in our live appeal? There is still time to donate to Monmouth Arts by clicking the link below.
ROCK THE ARTS HONOREES
Artistic Achievement Award
Anthony D’Amato, known onstage as Remember Jones, is celebrated for his work as a director, producer, vocalist, and songwriter in music and theatre worlds. He has taken on lead roles in musicals throughout the country and has directed several acclaimed productions, including notorious work with the musical HAIR and the NJ premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Baronet Theatre in 2007. As an acclaimed frontman and personality, his theatrical stagings of original music with a large band and retellings of other artists’ catalogues has brought his work to the national spotlight, selling out music venues and theatres to great acclaim. He has shared stages with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes, Darlene Love, Buster Poindexter, Ivan Neville, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, and more, and recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Dean Martin with a recording project with his daughter, Deana Martin. Remember Jones continues to grow his brand in many creative, unique ways throughout the country alongside many celebrated artists, while releasing new music and artistic content.
THE STONE PONY
Business Leadership Award
The Stone Pony, the most famous part of the city of Asbury Park, opened its doors on February 8, 1974, and over the course of almost five decades, continues to be an internationally recognized destination for both fans and artists. The very beginning of the club’s legacy started with The Blackberry Booze Band, which featured Ocean Grove resident “Southside” Johnny Lyon and Middletown’s Steve Van Zandt. With new personnel and an added soulful, horn-driven and classic R&B repertoire, the band was famously renamed Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Concert performances by national and locally known artists began in 1977, and over the many years have included Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Blondie, The Bouncing Souls, Maroon 5, The Jonas Brothers, Jon Bon Jovi, and so many others. The Stone Pony’s most famous association is with Bruce Springsteen who would often jump in on stage with other artists, and who brought the E Street Band in for a pre-tour warm-up before embarking on the massive Born in the USA tour. The intimate setting of The Stone Pony has always helped to create the special connection between fans and artists. The uniqueness of that bond is what really helps set the club apart from other venues, and is what has helped fuel the major growth of The Pony over the last decade.
BOB & KIM HONECKER
Community Service Award
Kim and Bob Honecker are rock stars of Monmouth County, having been active supporters of many worthy organizations and causes throughout their 40-plus years of marriage. Kim, an artist and past board chair of Monmouth Arts, studied at Moore College of Art, worked in fashion and children's toys in New York City, and was the Art Director for Butterfly Originals, a children’s accessories and sporting goods company, before teaching art in the Freehold Regional High School District. She has been an executive board member of the Dr. Stanley Nichols Pediatric Auxiliary, a vestry member of Christ Church Shrewsbury, and Board of Education member for Red Bank Regional High School. Bob earned his law degree from Widener School of Law and worked for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office in Freehold for 25 years. Today Bob is with the law firm Ansell, Grimm and Aaron, specializing in criminal defense. He has been involved in community groups such as the Child Advocacy Center, Holiday Express, Brookdale Scholarship Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, and the ASPCA. He was the past President of the Monmouth County Bar Association and is currently President of the 200 Club. In 2020 the Honeckers created “The Family Crime Cast,” a true-crime podcast found on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher. Kim is the Executive Producer, Mariah, their daughter, is the Creative Director, and Bob is The Talent.
Asbury Park-based musician, producer, & singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford blends hip-hop beats and soulful melodies in his latest EP titled ‘Every Wednesday’ with world-renowned producer and DJ, Jenaux.
Their collaboration sparked a new sound for Quincy, into what he says is “The music I’ve always wanted to make.” His first single ‘Thank You’ hit two million streams on Spotify in the first year, and landed the number two spot on the US viral charts. Quincy released his EP titled ‘Every Wednesday’ March 2019, and has racked up almost 7 million streams across all platforms.
His music continues to reach new fans around the world with his latest single ‘Lost in Your Pleasure’ and plans for new music in 2020.
SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE
Our silent auction is now live! Sign up for mobile bidding so you're all set to win! Start browsing items before you get to the event, or jump right in and start bidding if you see something you truly want. Even if you're not ready to participate, we recommend doing this now so that you don't have any technical delays on the night of the event. We put together a preview of some of our favorite items to get you started! View all items here.
Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets! The winner will be drawn the night of the gala and doesn't need to be present to win! Purchase tickets here.
BECOME A SPONSOR
All sponsors receive the benefits of VIP ticket holders (Rockin' VIP Party + Gala) plus a full-page color journal ad and special recognition on all printed materials, social media, event signage, and the Monmouth Arts website.
Journal ads offer prime recognition and benefits for your organization, business, or family. Let us help you design your ad or send us your print-ready PDF or JPG file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS
Support Monmouth Arts by donating to our silent auction! In return for your generosity, you will play a major role in strengthening the vast array of Monmouth Arts community and educational programs. Your benefits will include:
Recognition on auction signage
Recognition in the program handout
Recognition on the OneCause auction interface
Opportunity to display business cards, literature, and promotional items at the event
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Monmouth Arts is dedicated to making your experience at our gala as safe as possible during these unprecedented times. The health and safety of our arts community is our highest priority. Buying a ticket is an agreement to comply with all social distancing and mask guidelines set forth by local and state governments. Outlined below are safety measures that will be enforced at the event.
Attendees must remain seated at their table.
Patrons must wear masks while entering the venue or leaving their table to use the restroom. In addition, masks are required while patrons are not eating/drinking.
Dancing will not be permitted.
Temperatures will be taken at the door. Patrons with a body temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter. A refund will be issued.
Smoking is prohibited, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes or any other vaping devices
Hotel staff will enforce ground rules, which will follow current CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines for outdoor events and dining.