On Sunday August 25th, at Blue Restaurant and Lounge, an extraordinary event took place. Gina Marie and Rocky Marciano Junior of “Bullying...We’re Kickin’ It” held a unique benefit to help raise awareness on bullying and anti-bullying school programs, intervention services and vital parental outreach benefits that are publicly available. A paramount consciousness on every subject involving this sensitive matter was brought to the table.
Among the anti-bullying celebrities was none other than our own, Chef Barret Beyer, from the TV show Hell’s Kitchen Season 11. Along with 5 Star Chefs and celebrity supporters Chef Dan Ryan, Chef Chez, Chef Alongi, Chef Jon Scallion, and Actor Jose Hernandez Junior, was a crowd pleasing and impressive performance by the band Black Water Rising.
Blue Restaurant, located in Blue Point, offered a distinguished venue to help support this cause. Rocky Marciano Junior flew in from Florida to attend. His father, the late Rocky Marciano, was a professional boxer and a World Heavyweight Champion. Marciano was the only person to hold the heavyweight title and go undefeated throughout his career. Rocky Jr. is carrying on his father’s undefeated title by “Knockin’ Out” the battle of bullying.
After hours of amusing banter, delectable appetizers, exquisite food, DJ’s, dancing and raffle prizes for Yankee tickets, a dinner for two, roller skating and a family portrait session... we were ready for some live music.
The evening ended with a memorable performance by Black Water Rising; a superb rock band that blends that soul stomping ~ heart racing music of the past with the earthly elements of the present. Their songs are a bit rebellious and powerful yet sensitive and exceptional. Their music evokes emotion; their message is socially and politically driven by the ever changing times we live in. Black Water Rising has embodied and served as a vehicle for sublime entertainment while delivering an energetic message. The show was a fruitful success.
The band consists of:
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The next Bullying...We're Kickin' It event is Monday September 9th. For more information on The Rocky Marciano Jr. World Foundation, please go to the following link:
This article was written by Alysia Stern.
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