The 5th Annual PorchFest event, which took place on October 2nd and attracted thousands of attendees, had a record-breaking finish. Asbury Park Homeowners’ Association (APHA), which hosts the event, is pleased to announce the recipients of proceeds raised from donations and merchandise sold at the 2021 event are: Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP), Asbury Park Arts Council, Asbury Park Music Foundation, and Interfaith Neighbors.
PorchFest is a family-friendly, free event that began in Asbury Park in 2017. This year over 110 musicians were featured on almost two dozen porches across the City. Homeowners donated the use of their porches and lawns for a huge audience that walked, biked, and drove around town to capture their favorite performers and to hear some new voices and musicians as well. Genres ranged from acoustic and electric folk, pop, and rock ‘n roll to Reggae, Broadway, and Hip Hop.
“Once again, Asbury Park embraced and supported the efforts of our all-volunteer team, and we felt the love! Thanks to the community’s enthusiasm and beautiful weather, we held our largest event yet,” said Jordan Modell, the APHA Chairman and Co-President and the event’s founder. “Since the pandemic began, we’ve been determined to keep live music available in Asbury Park. This year, even with our legendary venues reopening, we were able to promote our vibrant local music scene while raising funds for AP charities. Thanks to our sponsors and the generosity of those who attended for their donations and t-shirt purchases, we’ve raised more than $10,000, so we’re able to help more AP-based organizations that serve the community in different ways.”
In addition to donations received during PorchFest, this year’s event was sponsored in part through the generosity of iStar, Asbury Park Arts Council, Asbury Park Property Owners Coalition, Asbury Sunset, Black Tank Design, Lisa Cadmus, John Carroll, City By The Sea Veterinary, Deana Kreher, The Project Matters, Troppoli Law Firm, and You Can Be Found.
“The AP PorchFest team is committed to building on the success of the first five years,” said Modell. “If anyone is interested in being an event sponsor next year, they can reach out to me directly at JordanModell@gmail.com for more information.”
About the recipient organizations
The Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) celebrates the stories of Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park. The mission of AP-AMP is to share the music, cultural heritage, and stories of Springwood Avenue through oral histories, research, writing, and programs.
Asbury Park Arts Council (APAC) was established in 2019 under the guiding premise that the arts have been, and will continue to be, critical to the economic health and development of the City, APAC was formed to act as a bridge between the local arts community and the City of Asbury Park. The organization’s primary goal is to ensure the voice of the arts’ community is a part of municipal policymaking via the implementation of an Arts and Culture Plan within the City’s Master Plan.
The mission of Asbury Park Music Foundation (APMF) is to keep the Asbury Park music legacy alive by providing under-resourced youth with life-changing music education, helping the local music scene thrive, and uniting a diverse community through music. APMF provides music education scholarships and programs through local partnerships such as Lakehouse Music Academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Interfaith Neighbors assists the less fortunate in meeting life’s necessities while seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and the communities in which they live. Over the years, their services have grown to eight distinct programs: affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, SOAR, Meals on Wheels, rental and mortgage assistance, a business development center, and Kula Cafe and Kula Urban Farm. In addition to funding free meals for those AP residents in need. Interfaith also helps fund The Launch Center on Springwood Ave, which is a free resource helping people in Asbury Park with life coaching, career preparation, small business coaching and much more. Interfaith is also launching an early childhood learning center in the Southwest section of the city that will provide free educational care for 0-3 year-olds.
Asbury Park Homeowners’ Association https://www.asburyparkhomeowners.org
Asbury Park PorchFest: https://www.apporchfest.org
Asbury Park African-American Music Project (AP-AMP) https://www.asburyamp.org
Asbury Park Music Foundation https://AsburyParkMusicLives.org
Interfaith Neighbors http://www.interfaithneighbors.org