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Fourth Annual Finn Fest Supports Joe Finn Music Therapy Program at Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center


The Fourth Annual Finn Fest will be held on Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Norwood Inn in Avon-by-the-Sea to honor Joe Finn, a beloved father who lost his battle to a glioblastoma brain tumor in the summer of 2008. Proceeds from the event benefit the Joe Finn Music Therapy Program at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

The annual event celebrating Joe's life includes an open buffet, silent auction, 50/50 and live entertainment by Matt and Joe Finn, Jr., the Pat Roddy Band, The Avon Barksdales and Jimmy and Bobby Byrne with Charlie Warwick.

During his battle with cancer, Joe was treated at the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at the Leon Hess Cancer Center. The support and success of the 2010 Finn Fest led Monmouth Medical Center to develop the Joe Finn Music Therapy Program, an enriched music therapy program which encourages the use of music to relieve symptoms of cancer, while encouraging emotional expression and promoting social interaction. Music therapists use active and passive methods with patients, depending on the individual's needs and abilities, to improve the overall quality of each patient's life.

Tickets are $50 per person and are limited to 350 people. Attendees must be 21 and older to enter. The Norwood Inn is located at 618 2nd Avenue in Avon-by-the-Sea.

To purchase tickets, make a donation or for more information about Finn Fest or the Joe Finn Music Therapy Program, call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at 732-923-6886 or visit

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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