EyeRock’s Organizers Praise Industry’s Support for Sold-Out Concert

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NEW YORK—Pouring rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 650 rock music fans who packed NYC’s Hard Rock Café last Saturday night for EyeRock, a benefit concert for New Eyes for the Needy.

“What a terrific event, and for such a great cause,” said Denise Mogil, Costco’s U.S. optical director of professional services and EyeRock chairperson. “The benefit was so popular that the event sold out. I am so proud to be part of this event, both as a member of the optical industry and as a New Eyes Board member.”

New Eyes’ key mission is to offer free prescription glasses to people in need. The proceeds from this year’s benefit concert will help more people procure new glasses.

“To see so many individuals from the optical industry dedicate their time and energy and to care about helping others in need was very gratifying,” said Jean Gajano, executive director of New Eyes for the Needy. “This is our first year with the EyeRock event, and we are so thankful for the outpouring of support that we received from our corporate sponsors. We could not have done it without them.”

The EyeRock Band provided the music for the benefit. The group consists of 35 musicians and singers from throughout the optical industry who performed in different configurations during the concert.

“It was the best EyeRock event ever,” remarked Steve Santinelli, the band’s producer who has managed previous EyeRock shows. “The bands played some great classic rock ‘n’ roll.”

A highlight of the show was a special performance by the School of Rock All Stars, a group of teenage musicians who impressed the audience with their talent and poise.