Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone with honoree, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Darlene Love. Photo by Kate Beckett
LONG BRANCH: A packed house of more than 450 people attended the 10th annual Holiday Express Clambake, sponsored by Shore Point Distributing Company, on September 17th, on the beach at McLoone's Pier House. The evening, which honored Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Darlene Love, raised a record setting $150,000 to support Holiday Express' mission, which is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support, and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.
No one was left sitting in their seats, as everyone hit the dance floor when Darlene Love joined the Holiday Express band on stage and treated guests to her soulful performance of "All Alone on Christmas", the signature song of Holiday Express. In addition to the one of a kind musical performance, guests were treated to an evening of ocean breezes, a lavish buffet, dancing, silent auction items and opportunities help support the 25th Anniversary of Holiday Express. The night was a huge success made possible by generous individuals and companies who donated money, time, and auction items.
Established by Tim McLoone in 1993, Holiday Express is a non-profit organization, comprised of more than 2500 volunteers, including 150 professional rock, jazz, folk, gospel and pop musicians. Proceeds from the Clambake will improve the quality of life for the 27,000 adults and children being served by Holiday Express at 100 charity events during the 2017 holiday season, including individuals with mental and physical challenges, veterans, individuals in addiction programs, those facing financial difficulties, and children with serious illnesses.