From a Trinity Church press release…

Trinity Church is working hard to continue its Asbury Park community ou treach programs during the current economic downturn.  Two fundraising efforts are being offered to help gain additional support for these programs, which are vital to many of the residents of Asbury Park and the surrounding areas. 

These events are the Mardi Gras Centennial Celebration on Sunday, March 6, 2011, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Boardwalk for $100 per person and the Dining Around Raffle selling for $20 per chance or $100 for a book of six, which is an estimated value of over $1500.  For more information on how to purchase tickets please go to trinitynj.com.  

The proceeds raised from these events will go toward maintaining the Soup Kitchen (Saturday Soup), Food Pantry (weekdays), Helping Mariners, Youth Movie Night and the Piano Scholarship Program which provides free piano lessons for at risk children.  These are just a few examples of the programs offered. 

There are currently 18 children taking lessons weekly through the Piano Scholarship Program.  However, this program was recently suspended due to lack of funding.  Research shows the benefits of music instruction to young people in a variety of ways.  Middle school and high school students who participate in instrumental music scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.  Students exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100 percent higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.  Music study can help kids understand advanced math concepts and piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts; two areas of concern in today’s public school systems.

The funds for the Piano Scholarship Program and many of the other Asbury Park community outreach programs offered by Trinity Church cannot be provided from the church’s limited operating budget.  Private donations must be raised to keep these programs available to all who need them.  The community outreach programs available to the residents of Asbury Park and the surrounding communities are supported and staffed voluntarily throughout the year by concerned citizens.

For The Coaster and TheBPlot’s article about Trinity Church’s Mardi Gras event, click here.