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Red Cross to Hold World Class Jazz Concert & Brunch

FAIRFIELD, NJ, September 10, 2014 - The American Red Cross North Jersey Region will hold its 31st Annual World Class Jazz Concert & Brunch on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at The Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. 

The fundraising concert will feature Warren Vaché, Bucky Pizzarelli, Derek Smith, Rufus Reid, Bill Easley, Steve Johns, and Antoinette Montague. 

“We are so proud of the remarkable longevity and success of the Jazz Brunch,” said John A. Uzzi, event committee chairman and Paramus resident. “Once again, we are looking forward to an outstanding day where we can drive the mission of the Red Cross forward.”  

Event proceeds will help support American Red Cross programs and services, including Disaster Services.

When home fires occur and people are displaced, members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team are called to the scene and ready to help. The volunteers meet with families and provide emotional support, temporary lodging, and assistance for food and clothing as needed. Volunteers also help guide families through the next steps toward recovery. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 486 local disasters, helping 1,130 families displaced by home fires. 

“Not everyone understands the significant impact the Red Cross makes in our community every day,” said Uzzi. “Red Cross volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to help families affected by disasters like home fires. And that’s just the kind of service we are proud to help fund with this event.”

Tickets for the 31st Annual World Class Jazz Concert & Brunch may be purchased online at or by calling (973) 579-1600 x102. 

Event sponsors include: United Water; Mrs. William T. Knight, III; Roy Walters Associates; Helena Theurer; Anonymous Donor; Columbia Bank; Inserra Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc.; and Jo-Ann and Dwight Massey.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,330 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 486 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families; collected 25,420 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,877 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 60,240 individuals with lifesaving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.


American Red Cross North Jersey Region

Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)

Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)