MIDDLETOWN: PULLING FOR KIDS’ CHARITY

Guadano ReillyPat Guadagno and Steve Reilly are among the Shore-based musicians taking part in a first-ever Nashville Guitar Pull for charity this Saturday at Middletown Arts Center.

It’s called a Guitar Pull — a type of event that’s infinitely more pleasant than a hamstring pull, less sticky than a taffy pull — although it often draws from the same kind of audience that appreciates a first-rate tractor pull.

Defined as “a Southern tradition where a small group of musicians sit around and take turns playing songs on a guitar,” the loosely structured, stories-and-songs format has a city-slicker cousin in our regional Songwriters in the Round/ Songwriters by the Sea events. And Saturday, such an event pulls into the greater Red Bank Green when the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) hosts a first-ever Nashville Guitar Pull concert for a worthy cause.

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RFH GRAD TO MARATHON FOR KIDS’ CHARITY

brendan_2Brendan Kirchner, a Rumson-Fair Haven graduate and employee of Salt Creek Grille, will be taking part in the NJ Marathon on April 27, in an effort to raise funds for Hope For Children Foundation of New Jersey.

Press release from Salt Creek Grille

Since his days at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Brendan Kirchner has nurtured an ongoing passion for running. From cross-country, to local 5k races to marathons, Brendan, now 25, has steadily improved his times, focused his training regimen, and even managed to place first in a few races. On April 27, Kirchner will be racing for something other than his best time, when he runs the New Jersey Marathon to raise money for children in need.

A few weeks ago it occurred to Kirchner that he’s been running “only for myself,” he said. “I thought, “Maybe I can help someone, a local organization, with my running.”

Soon after, he went to his job as a server and bartender at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, and approached his boss, Steve Bidgood. “I knew that Biddy (Steve Bidgood) had raised a lot of money for local charities and I thought he could give me some ideas.”

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