Rocco's Tuscany Grill, Quest Diagnostics, and Group Therapy Band Host Sept 19th 'Kids of All Ages' Fundraiser for American Cancer Society
Thursday, September 12, 2013 • 4:10pm
Rocco and Gino Iossa, Downtown Development Commission's (DDC) Mark Fabyanski and his 'Group Therapy Band,' and Quest Diagnostics employees (including L to R Makenzie Cox, Barb Short and Caitlin McHugh) are teaming up to host the Rocco's Kids Care of All Ages QuestCare Fundraisers" in support of the American Cancer Society, Thursday, September 19th, 6 - 9pm at Rocco's Tuscany Bar and Grill in the heart of downtown Madison. The event is open to the public, and those who donate $10 for a 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' wristband can take advantage of a 15% discount on Rocco's entire food menu, $1 sodas with free refills, $2 draft beer, and $5 wine.
Living up to its motto to play 'feel-good, sing-along Rock and Soul tunes,' Group Therapy Band has asked Quest Diagnostics employee musicians to join them on stage for a few numbers. The band will also invite children -- and 'Kids of All Ages' -- to sing, dance or play a tambourine. Group Therapy Band entertained a crowd of 200 at the QuestCares Charity Softball community event at Dodge Field this summer featuring Quest CEO Steve Rusckowski's team and Mayor Bob Conley's town team. The teams continued their competitive sparring at an after-event hosted by Rocco's. Rumor has it a softball rematch is in the works.
'We're proud that the DDC and Quest Diagnostics asked Rocco's to join them in the fight against cancer, and we're looking forward to seeing employee families and community families come together at Rocco's to again make a difference in our community," said Gino Iossa, whose restaurant and owners are known among locals as civic anchors in the Madison community.
'We know the kids will be asking for Bruno Mars and Fun in addition to our Rock and Soul classics, so we're stepping up our game for Thursday night,' said Fabyanski. 'We hope everyone will come out -- with or without kids, for a quick drink, an appetizer or for dinner -- and have a good time supporting a great cause."
Quest Diagnostics' Makenzie Cox is this year's QuestCares Team Captain, leading them in their goal to raise $30,000 and have 150 walkers on October 20th at the Parsippany Making Strides walk. Employees at Quest's Madison Giralda Farms location voted with their wallets on their team name -- 'Michele's Cancer Crusaders' -- in memory of Makenzie's mom and Quest colleague Michele Cox who walked with the team last year as Executive Champion. "Cancer hits hard," said Cox," and we want to fight back," she said. "We'll be walking for those we've lost, for those who've won, and for those who are or will be fighting. And we'll be raising awareness and having a blast while we do it. We hope everyone will come out and have some fun."
One hundred percent of the donations raised at Rocco's 'Kids of All Ages' QuestCares fundraiser Thursday, September 19th, 6 - 9pm will go to the American Cancer Society.