BLOCKFEST 2019 — and that's a wrap!

Much love from Newman Cares to those that dedicated some or all of their day putting this event on, from set-up to break-down:

THANK YOU to those that helped up set up for the day -- stage construction, street cleaning, tables and chairs setup, food and beverage runs, ice runs, decorations, etc., etc., etc.

  • The Conroy Family
  • The Quagliata Family
  • The Brolly Family
  • Rob Shabazian
  • Jay & Michelle Haug (and Jay again!)
  • Anthony Thomas
  • PJ & Dan Egan
  • Rich & Liz Quercia
  • Mary Frawley
  • Ralph Bongo
  • Charlie, Charlie, & Sadie Fjeldal
  • Ryan Bancroft
  • Tom Cocciola
  • And many others - Thank You ALL!

THANK YOU to the bands that lugged their gear, played in the sun, skipped paying gigs, dealt with the maddness on stage, and entertained us into the night!

  • Pet in the Middle
  • TCP
  • Scotty and the Gottis
  • 3 Way
  • The Dad Band
  • Faith Brolly, National Anthem

THANK YOU to those that contributed in other meaningful ways -- Pig Roast, Ice Cream for Kids, etc. etc., etc.

  • Tim Banta
  • John DeMars
  • Dave Wardrope
  • Bob Fiory (Bob's Ice Cream)
  • Artic Ice

Your support has allowed us to grant $20,000 this year!!!

THANK YOU to the sponsors of this year's event!

  • JetBlue
  • Anthony Francos Pizza
  • AKB
  • Avenue Bistro
  • Borino's Pizza
  • Colacurcio Wellness
  • Eight Hills
  • Lakeside Deli
  • Frank Anthony's
  • JT's Barber Shop
  • Glen Ridge Taekwon-Do
  • The Towne Scoop
  • Two Guys Tees
  • Verona Inn


Each year we raise money for a charity in honor of one or more people who has impacted residents of Newman and the surrounding blocks — either directly or through just being residents of Verona.
  • 2019 NJ Sharing Network (Organ Donation)
    Honorees: Jenny Collentine | Sam Pesaresi | Chris Erikson Jr. | Sarah Ford | Thomas Erikson | Bryan Indergrund | Michael Mania | JB O'Hanlon
  • 2018 Minette's Angels
    Honoree: All Women impacted by this terrible disease
  • 2017 The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    Honoree: Vanya Citrano
  • 2016 American Heart Association
    Honoree: Joe Sessa
  • 2015 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Honorees: Sue Niler | Joe Patti | Ron Thorward
  • 2014 The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Honorees: Christina Costanza | Joseph Lombardi | Emily Ozbourne
  • 2013 The Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation
    Honoree: Chris Conroy


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