BELMAR — D’Jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe was the place to be on Saturday, with residents near and far flooding the bar to see the day long entertainment of the Veterans Music Festival.
With the entire bar area donated by D’Jais, the Veterans Foundation of America hosted a fun-filled day that both entertained the residents of Belmar and helped raise funds for multiple local veteran-driven organizations.
The event featured seven bands throughout the day, all of which had ties to the military or band members who are veterans themselves. These bands were: Midnight Rivers, Spider Daniels Band, Jump Back, The Bob DelRosso Band, The Incinerators, Peter Veteska & Blues Train and Chuck Lambert Band.
The Veterans Foundation of America was started in 2008 and provides help and support for veterans in need. The foundation hosts a slew of veterans outreach programs such as fishing, equine therapy and many other programs.
Jeff Cantor, a retired Army colonel and the foundation’s chief executive officer, explained that the Veterans Foundation of America had partnered with the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation to bring this event to life.
“We have done this in the past, the Veterans Music Fest, but we decided to partner with the Jazz & Blues Foundation to build greater awareness for veterans’ causes. They give so much of themselves and all the bands are coming in for free to perform. Just great human beings,” said Col. Cantor.
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