This is a guest post from Marisa Herbert.
Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Bands officially kicked off its 2013 season on July 17th, with a sold out show at The Cutting Room in New York City. Over 600 supporters came to cheer on competing bands that includedMneumonics, Unrestricted Entity, Riffhanger and AlgoRythmics. The evening, which benefited Wounded Warrior Project, ReserveAid andOperation Finally Home, was emceed by Aron Dutta, Global Head of Financial Markets Strategy at Cisco, and sponsored by Capco, Davidsohn,Thomson Reuters, Broadridge, Alltech, Nasdaq, TTI and Credit Suisse.
Riffhanger: Photo by Vincent Pelly
In the last two years, Wall Street Rocks has been able to raise over $350,000 for veteran’s charities and is looking to raise the bar. In attendance and showing her support for Wall Street Rocks was Madame Mayhem who joinedfounding members Leslie Kirby, James Macedonio, and George Chrisafis at the fundraiser. These are not your typical fundraising events. At Wall Street Rocks, the events that you can expect to see and hear will be filled with entertainment, from well-known artists and performers to talented musicians and bands who work hard for their firms during the day and then break loose at night, performing and playing in and around the tri-state area.
This year’s 2013 two semi-finals and end of year finale will bring together key note speakers from our military, VIP C-level folks from some of the biggest investment banks, retail banks and hedge funds on Wall Street, along with speakers from the charities that we support. Wall Street Rocks is a collaboration of employees who are passionate about giving support to heroic Americans who serve our nation, including military veterans and first responders. The organization is excited to be supporting Operation Finally Home for the first time, a non-profit that was founded in 2005 that provides custom-made mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and widows of the fallen, in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities. Wall Street Rocks ambassadors have visited homes built by Operation Finally Home to get a first hand look at the great work being done by the organization, whose spokesperson is actor J.R. Martinez. Wall Street Rocks continues their support of Wounded Warriors Project and Reserve Aid. By coming to the shows, purchasing event tickets, merchandise, and original music releases you are enabling the most comprehensive veterans’ programs to rehabilitate, educate, re-home, offer career training and placement to veterans and reach out to the families and individuals who have lost loved ones.
Round 2 of Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Bands will taking place on September 18th at The Cutting Room in New York City, followed by the finale at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, December 5th with a special performance that is to be announced. For more information about Wall Street Rocks, please visit www.wallstreetrocks.org