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Oct 02, 2017

Ranney Rocks Benefit Concert

As the new school year kicks into high gear, musical memories from a special event last summer at Ranney School still linger. A crowd of more than 350 parents, students, teachers, alumni, and friends cheered on their fellow musicians at Ranney School’s first-ever benefit concert, Rock For Ranney, held on Saturday, June 3. With live performances by 15 bands, featuring students as young as kindergarten, as well as parents and Ranney alumni, the concert rocked the Tinton Falls campus for more than four hours.

Dubbed “Coachella Meets Fall Festival,” the outdoor event was sponsored by architecture firm Mancini Duffy (with offices in New Jersey and New York), Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy, Robbinsville’s NorthStar Vets, Pearle Vision, Playa Bowls, Ranney family The Pepes of Atlantic Highlands, and NYS Collection Sunglasses, owned by Ranney family The Behars of Ocean. The Class of 2010’s Ross Bernstein of Outrageous Parties served as emcee and DJ for the afternoon. Music educators from Lakehouse took to the stage during two intermissions to bring children of all ages up to try new instruments, many for the first time. Attendees had the opportunity to sample the onsite food trucks, featuring some of the area’s best eats, including Fed By Ed, Nettuno, Nada Nut Bakery, and Strollo’s Lighthouse. They also had fun trying Mancini Duffy’s Design Lab tent, featuring virtual reality goggles, as well as face painting, a rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, and more.

The festival was chaired by Ranney parents Nancy Leidersdorff of Interlaken, SVP, Media Planning & Strategy at Nickelodeon Networks, and Carey Balogh of Red Bank, founder of Brand Groupies. Concert proceeds benefited the school’s Parents’ Association, which leads family engagement and school-wide events throughout the year.