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Holiday Express Rocks Matheny at Annual Concert

Geri Brewer and her daughter
Rasheedah Mahali

We go to 60 places, but you guys are Number 1.”  With those words, Tim McLoone founder and leader of Holiday Express, launched the 2012  holiday concert at Matheny on Sunday, December 9. And the theater in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center rocked with the sounds of “Nobody Ought to be Alone on Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  The energetic  Holiday Express singer Pam McCoy was everywhere, sharing her microphone with Matheny students, patients and their family members. And Geri Brewer, mother of adult patient Rasheedah Mahali, joined the band, performing a solo on “This Little Light of Mine” and prompting McLoone to say, “ The light keeps shining on all these wonderful people, the dedicated caregivers at Matheny.” (For more Holiday Express photos, log onto Matheny's Facebook page.)

Morris Hills High School volunteers
Lindsey Higgins, left, and Gabby Perruso
of Rockway, NJ, with Matheny student
Natalie Tomastyk.

Tinton Falls, NJ-based Holiday Express’ mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those in need during the holiday season. The organization is made up of about 1,300 volunteers including more than 80 professional musicians. Members of the Matheny Choir performed with Holiday Express during the concert, and McLoone announced that members of the choir would again be performing at the eighth annual Holiday Express Benefit Concert on December 20 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.




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