From left, Tara Kelly, Vice President of Development for the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, and Judy Zocchi, Foundation Trustee and the driving force behind the creation of the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center, gather with members of the Finn family, including his daughter Brigid Maniace, widow Kathy Finn, daughter Eileen Larson and sister Margaret "Peggy" Walsh, all of Avon.
Long Branch, New Jersey, September 15, 2011 – The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center recently received a generous donation from the Finn family in memory of Joseph Finn, a local, legendary folk singer who died in 2008 of a brain tumor.
Joseph Patrick Finn, a legendary Irish folk singer from Avon-by-the-Sea, died of a brain tumor in November 2008 at age 66, but his legacy of giving so generously of his time and talent continues through an event held in his honor to benefit the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
Born to Irish immigrants, Joe's storied career as a much-loved Irish singer and troubadour began at age 19, and as a performer for 45 years, he developed a huge and loyal following on the Jersey shore.
Joe could often be found performing for an overflow of fans at various Shore haunts, including the Norwood Inn in Avon-by-the-Sea, the venue that hosted the Finn Fest benefit concert on May 22 of this year.
Held during Joe Finn's regular performance hours of 2 to 6 p.m., it featured five live bands — Pat Roddy, The Avon Barksdales, Billy Lawlor, Willie Lynch and the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Bag Pipers — an all-you-can-eat buffet, raffle and auction.
The Finn family recently traveled to Monmouth Medical Center to present the proceeds of the event — which drew 450 people and sold out within weeks of opening ticket sales — in the amount of $25,795.
Date: September 15, 2011
CONTACT: Carrie Cristello
Director, Public Relations
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