Main Stage, Adult $12, Child (12 and under) $10
The acclaimed philanthropic group, Holiday Express, is making a rare public appearance. A family friendly matinee at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center will feature professional musicians and singers on stage, as well as Santa, The Grinch, and other holiday favorites. The Holiday Express Band blends its unique mixture of traditional, gospel, and rock’n soul holiday music in a spectacular performance that will touch you with the spirit of the season.
All proceeds from the event will support the nonprofits mission to deliver the gift of human kindness to those who need it most. Now in its 25th season, Holiday Express is a traveling holiday party, a from-the-heart troupe of musicians bringing music, friendship, help and hope to those too often left out in the cold at the most special time of the year. The band normally plays far from the limelight, in sometimes desperate circumstances, and all for absolutely no pay. Made up of more than 100 of the best musicians on the Jersey Shore, the Holiday Express volunteer musicians will play this year in 100 shows between November 6th and Christmas Eve. At each event, the musicians along with several dozen support staff, will deliver not only music, but, clothing, food and fun to adults and children in need, including veterans, the mentally and physically challenged, individuals in addiction and recovery programs, the isolated and the homeless.
About Holiday Express Founder Tim McLoone:
Tim McLoone could best be described as a modern-day Renaissance man.
Schooled at Harvard and accomplished in music, athletics, and business, Tim nonetheless felt there was something missing in his life back in 1993. He yearned to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need.
That year, with the help of his friends in the music business, he founded Holiday Express, a volunteer, non-profit and non-sectarian organization dedicated to bringing music, gifts and holiday cheer to those less fortunate. The organization now in its 25th season includes approximately 150 professional singers and musicians who volunteer their time and more than 2,500 other volunteers, including school age children and adults.
Tim’s love of music was a driving force behind the creation of Holiday Express. He learned to play piano as a child and, after college, formed Tim McLoone and his Atlantic Coast Band. However, sports also had a significant influence upon his life. As an alumnus of Harvard’s All-American Track and Field Team, Tim parlayed his interest in athletics and entertaining into a career as a sports announcer. He has done broadcast work for the U.S. Olympic Trials and was part of the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team for the New York and Los Angeles Marathons. In fact, Tim put his track and field background to use when covering the New York Marathon, jogging alongside the runners as he reported on the event.
Off-camera, Tim directed the U.S. Men’s Olympic Trials in 1998 and served as musical director of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony for NBC from 1998-2000. Additionally, he serves as Director of Game Operations and Arena Announcer at The Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men’s basketball and held the same position for the New Jersey Nets of the NBA
When not touring with Holiday Express and engaging in television and sports projects, Tim can be found on many weekends performing with his band Tim McLoone and the Shirleys. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, Tim owns twelve restaurants including: McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch, McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and McLoone’s Asbury Grille in Asbury Park, McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille in Woodbridge, McLoone’s Bayonne Grille in Bayonne and Robinson Ale House in Red Bank, McLoone’s Pier House in National Harbor, Maryland.
Tim resides in Little Silver, NJ. As much as he enjoys being “on the go”, Tim is very much a homebody, cherishing his free time with his wife Beth and their four children.