Pineapple Jack's Revs Up for 2nd annual December to Remember

November 06, 2006

"Iā€™m a dad myself ā€“ to a 9-year-old guitarist, actually ā€“ so I know the importance of helping kids, especially kids staying in hospital over the holidays."

Last year’s December to Remember event– a seasonal music celebration held at Pineapple Jack’s restaurant and bar in Gates – netted three large-size bagfuls of new toys and $1,400 for kids at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

This year, the night is set for making magic and music again on Saturday, Dec. 2. Pineapple Jack's, located at 485 Spencerport Road in Gates, will feature tunes ranging from rock and roll to heavy metal, delivering 10 hours of local talent from at least nine bands.

“I’m a dad myself – to a 9-year-old guitarist, actually – so I know the importance of helping kids, especially kids staying in hospital over the holidays,” said John Paradiso of Chili, the event’s organizer. “A music benefit that would ultimately work to brighten their stay just made sense – especially after last year’s overwhelming success and everyone insisting that I ‘must do this again next year.’”

The night will bring raffles, giveaways and of course, nonstop music, starting at 4 p.m. and running until 2 a.m. Admission is $10 at the door or a toy of equivalent value – both will be donated to the region’s only children’s hospital. Toys must be new and should not be gift-wrapped (please visit for specifications on what can and cannot be accepted).

For more information about December to Remember (sponsorship, band information, etc.), contact John Paradiso at To learn how you can benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong during the upcoming holiday season, please call Linda Dirksen at (585) 273-5939.

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