My friends at BeachGlow have finally released their aftermovie! This festival was the most exciting festival in my opinion because it was to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. We’ve been supporting Dane and Gerard since the moment we have heard of this festival. We even interviewed Dane and Gerard on our podcast! The festival came and past and while we couldn’t make the festival due to family reasons, we heard so many good things. They were able to bring in 7,000 fans to the concert on the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey! They raised $40,000 which is absolutely huge! As someone who was personally affected by Hurricane Sandy, I can’t say enough.
DVBBS killed it. Kap Slap killed it. Kassum, Gazzo, Dane as Get KunKed all killed it. Read the press release about the event below along with watching the amazing aftermovie!
Yardley, PA, July 29 – BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc., the only non-profit EDM (electronic dance music) concert producer in the nation, is proud to announce its donation of $40,000.00 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The donation comes from the proceeds of BeachGlow Music Festival 2014. The eight-hour, 12-act festival on the beach in Wildwood, NJ, this past July 5, attracted a sold-out crowd of 7,000 fans. Dane Kunkel, BeachGlow’s 19-year-old founder and CEO, presented the donation check to Jane E. Ward, director of Donor Relations at American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania, on Friday.
“The American Red Cross is extremely grateful to BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc., CEO Dane Kunkel, and all of the festival-goers who were able to come out to support the vital work of the Red Cross while also enjoying great music at the Jersey Shore,” says Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes (ret.), CEO of the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania. “The support of BeachGlow and its fans helps to ensure that the American Red Cross is always able to respond to disasters large and small whether down the street or across the country, and I thank BeachGlow for being part of the Red Cross team.”
BeachGlow had pledged a percentage of every festival ticket sold, to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, as part of its charitable mission to empower today’s socially responsible teens and young adults to participate in giving back. Upon having a wildly successful turnout, BeachGlow added another 25 percent to the original pledge (calculated at $32,000) to make it a $40,000 donation.
“I was honored to ‘adopt’ the American Red Cross as this year’s recipient of festival proceeds, and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to go above and beyond the terms of our agreement,” says Kunkel, who will be a sophomore at The College of William & Mary in the fall. “It was only fitting that our event at the Jersey Shore would give back to the very organization that responded to Hurricane Sandy victims at the same shore just two years ago.”
Ryan Troiano, director of Beach Services for the City of Wildwood, agrees: “The City of Wildwood is proud to have been part of an incredible event that brought a huge crowd to our city and beaches, supported our businesses, and gave to such a worthy cause. It’s great that BeachGlow could entertain this many people with virtually no problems.”
BeachGlow produced this festival – and past concerts — from funds generated through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and a small operating fund. This year’s sponsors included Coca Cola, Coors Light, Comcast Xfinity, Wired 96.5, Arris, Pivot TV, UTZ Snacks, and Dronecast. The football-field-sized beach set-up included 25 tents, food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, beach games, a dunk tank, body painters, drones flying overhead, a fireworks show, and 12 musical acts from across the country, featuring internationally-known headliners Dvbbs and KapSlap.
“It’s a huge undertaking, but I have an awesome staff, consultants, and volunteers – all who donate their time because they passionately believe in BeachGlow’s mission to use the power of music to bring young people together to have fun and give back at the same time, says Kunkel. “With their help, next year’s festival promises to be amazing, and I’m already out there looking for sponsors who want to be associated with our success, and want to join our movement to give back.”