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GCU to Rock for the Homeless in Benefit Concert

University to Collaborate with Local Record Label

Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 8, 2010—Georgian Court University and Indigo Planet Records will bring the noise and raise the roof in an effort to fight homelessness in Ocean County. GCU is teaming with the indie record label for the Ocean County Homeless Advocacy Benefit Concert on Tuesday, April 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus.

Acts scheduled to appear include Indigo Planet Records recording artist Tina Vero; Random Noise recording artist Lisa Bianco, known for her unique blend of alternative, guitar rock, and punk music; and the North Jersey-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Jeryl. Tickets for the concert are $5 in advance, $1 for GCU students with ID, and $10 at the door the night of the event.

Proceeds will benefit citizens who are currently homeless and in need of necessities, says GCU student Ashley Quigley, a longtime volunteer who often spends time assisting homeless residents in Ocean County. Some of the funds, she says, will also go to existing organizations that help protect and find housing for the homeless.

Dave Kosciolek, president of Indigo Planet Records, is big on bringing attention to the issue of homelessness. “We believe awareness is very important, and we hope to share the plight of the local homeless with as many people as we can that evening.”

Ashley, who is spearheading the event with the Homeless Advocacy Housing Awareness Coalition, says the benefit concert is just one of many things Georgian Court is doing to help fight homelessness.

Earlier this year, students from GCU’s Homeless Advocacy group collected more than 700 signatures for affordable housing petitions to be presented to the Ocean County Board of Freeholders. Social work students have compiled research on the area’s local homeless population and shared their findings with regional and state officials, and across campus, students like Ashley regularly collect and deliver clothing, food, and personal items for homeless residents.

The April 27 benefit, which is open to the public, is one of several awareness-raising events involving IPR and GCU students. The record company also plans to launch an acoustic concert series in Lakewood’s Tent City, the outdoor settlement where many of the area’s homeless residents live.

To reserve tickets for the benefit concert, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at specialevents@georgian.edu or 732.987.2263. For more information on Indigo Planet Records, visit www.indigoplanetrecords.com.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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