Aj Project

AJ was my son. When he died a part of me died. I started this non profit to remember him and to be like him and make a difference in peoples lives. #4AJ @4theajproject


  • published CFH19 pics & vids in Gallery 2019-05-08 12:22:35 -0400

    Pictures & Videos from the 3rd Annual Friend Raiser-

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    Thank you to all who came out to support, donated, gave items for auction or raffles and volunteered their time and talents to The AJ Projects 3rd Annual Friend Raiser held April 6, 2019 at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows NY.

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    The funds raised will pay for the hard cost of running a volunteer organization. This year our mission is to grow our Create from the HeART program and continue to create projects that combined music, dance, video and live production to create a voice to the need for organ donor registration.  

    Imagine being handed a recording of your son's last heartbeat. In October 2013, this was a gift Christine Perrelli received from her husband Anthony just hours after their 26-year-old son became an organ donor.  

    April is Organ Donor Awareness Month so it was very appropriate for The AJ Project to present this dance piece called Create From the HeART at our annual friend raiser on April 6, 2019.  Thanks to musician Jarvis Green, choreographer Kerry McManus, support from the Corson Family Foundation and volunteers from The AJ Project, our dream of producing a music and dance piece inspired by AJ's heartbeat came to life. This one project brought together so many elements of the AJ Projects mission of connecting and providing support to creative artists and bringing a voice to causes through the arts.

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    Pictured: L-R Cristina Tumillo, Kerry McManus, Christopher Makens, Liana Kleinman, Dani Cole and Emily Kramm  


    The Story of Organ Donation has many sides. Click the link below to see

    Lisa Baxter Speaks her truth as a long time dialysis patient and kidney recipient. 


    IMG_7068.jpgPictured:  L-R Lisa Baxter, AJ Perrelli (photo) Christine Perrelli

    "People ask me why I started the AJ Project and why we choose the arts and to advocate for organ donation. What I tell them is this. Here we are five years later and because of AJ’s story and The AJ Project I can still talk about my son like a proud momma. I get to brag of his accomplishments as an artists and his generosity as a donor.  I always hope that his story will inspire creatives to work hard and give back to the community."  

    Christine Perrelli, AJ's mother and  co-founder, The AJ Project

    We are an arts org.

    We bring professional and emerging artist together to raise funds and awareness to important critical issues and causes. 

    We champion the importance of organ donor registration.  

    Why? #4AJ 

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    501(c)3 not for profit 


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    2019 Create from the heART was brought to you with contributions from

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    To watch all the performance from the 2019 Create from the HeART - Playlist Here 

    Click Performers Pictures for individual performances

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    Michael Perrelli sings Paint it Black

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    Erich Schett Sings Invention

    Eric Schuett sings Needs to Know

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    Nick Perrelli sings The Summer Wind

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    Meghan Jenkins sings At Last

    Meghan Jenkins sings Thats Life

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    Frank Paris - Magician Performs

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    Blac Diamond Band


    Do you want to co-host an event? Reach out to @4theajproject on facebook, instagram or twitter or email info @4theajproject.org


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    Why organ donation?

    * Because of AJ, people world wide registered for organ donation

    * When the Perrelli family heard the statistics on donation in our area they were appalled

    * Even though you may be registered you family can still refuse your wishes

    * Not everyone is able to donate organs but there are other options such as tissue, corneas and bone

    In NY/HudsonValley/Long Island Area

    In 2013 

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 223 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    In 2018

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 313 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    *Statistics provided by Unos and LiveOnNY 


    Why The AJ Project? The simple answer is #4AJ.  

    IMG_0001.jpgWhen AJ passed away, a fund was set up to help with his burial costs. After all was done, there was $800 still in the account. AJ's mother promised that any remaining money would be put into a fund for the arts in honor of AJ. The AJ Project was born.

    This project exists as an extension of its namesake: AJ Perrelli's love of creating and connecting those who create. AJ was a professional dancer, singer, actor and artist who left us too soon at 26. His final casting call was as an organ donor. Because of AJ's generosity both in life and after his death, people worldwide were inspired to pursue their passions for the the arts and sign up as organ donors.


    The AJ Project is dedicated to the memory of Anthony "AJ" Perrelli (AJ's story)  
    August 5, 1987 - October 16, 2013

    The AJ Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.

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  • published HeART in Gallery 2019-05-05 23:28:50 -0400

    Arts org honors Organ Donor with music and dance inspired by donors Heartbeat -

    Imagine being handed a recording of your son's last heartbeat. In October 2013, this was a gift Christine Perrelli received from her husband Anthony just hours after their 26-year-old son became an organ donor.  

    April is Organ Donor Awareness Month so it was very appropriate for the NYC based non profit for the arts called The AJ Project to present this dance piece called Create From the HeART at their annual friend raiser on April 6, 2019.  Thanks to musician Jarvis Green, choreographer Kerry McManus, support from the Corson Family Foundation and volunteers from The AJ Project, Christine's dream of producing a music and dance piece inspired by AJ's heartbeat came to life. This one project brought together so many elements of the AJ Projects mission of connecting and providing support to creative artists and bringing a voice to causes through the arts.


    Create from the heART made its premiere during Organ Donor Awareness Month at the AJ Project's 3rd Annual Friend Raiser for Organ Donor Awareness held at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadow New York.  


    "People ask me why I started the AJ Project and why we choose the arts and to advocate for organ donation. What I tell them is this. Here we are five years later and because of AJ’s story and The AJ Project I can still talk about my son like a proud momma. I get to brag of his accomplishments as an artists and his generosity as a donor.  I always hope that his story will inspire creatives to work hard and give back to the community."  

    Christine Perrelli, AJ's mother and  co-founder, The AJ Project


    We are an arts org.

    We bring professional and emerging artist together to raise funds and awareness to important critical issues and causes. 

    We champion the importance of organ donor registration.  Why? #4AJ 

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    501(c)3 not for profit 


    Why organ donation?

    * Because of AJ, people world wide registered for organ donation

    * When the Perrelli family heard the statistics on donation in our area they were appalled

    * Even though you may be registered you family can still refuse your wishes

    * Not everyone is able to donate organs but there are other options such as tissue, corneas and bone

    In NY/HudsonValley/Long Island Area

    In 2013 

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 223 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    In 2018

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 313 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    *Statistics provided by Unos and LiveOnNY 


    Why The AJ Project? The simple answer is #4AJ.  

    IMG_0001.jpgWhen AJ passed away, a fund was set up to help with his burial costs. After all was done, there was $800 still in the account. AJ's mother promised that any remaining money would be put into a fund for the arts in honor of AJ. The AJ Project was born.

    This project exists as an extension of its namesake: AJ Perrelli's love of creating and connecting those who create. AJ was a professional dancer, singer, actor and artist who left us too soon at 26. His final casting call was as an organ donor. Because of AJ's generosity both in life and after his death, people worldwide were inspired to pursue their passions for the the arts and sign up as organ donors.


    The AJ Project is dedicated to the memory of Anthony "AJ" Perrelli (AJ's story)  
    August 5, 1987 - October 16, 2013

    The AJ Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.


  • published AJ Project Press - 2019 in Gallery 2019-05-05 22:18:31 -0400

    AJ Project Press - 2019

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    September 13, 2019

    Six years after AJ's gift's of life AJ's mom Christine, his sister Catherine and Grandma Susie Perrelli meet two of AJ's Organ Recipients.  

    VIDEO - ABC News Coverage

    VIDEO - Channel 12 Coverage 

     

    April 2019 -

    AROUND QUEENS

    QPTV AROUND Queens Article

    Around Queens - Public Television - AJ Project Video

     

    June 10, 2019

    Astoria Characters by Nancy Ruhling - ARTICLE  Astoria Characters: The Woman Keeping he son's memory alive

    Facebook post: Astoria Characters

    Dance Network/Article-The AJ Project Strives to Build Organ Donor Awareness Through the Arts

     

    2019 Friend Raising Event Create from the HeART You tube playlist 

     

    2019 AJ Project 3rd Annual Create from the HeART Friend Raiser Event Photos

     


  • published 2019 CFH Press release 2019-03-22 00:16:57 -0400

    A Son's Heart Still Beats in Dance

    March 22, 2019
    Contact: Aj Project

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media Contact:

    Christine Perrelli 

    407-760-0416 

    christine@4theajproject.org

    Astoria, Queens NY

    AJ_Perrelli__BVH.jpegImagine being handed a recording of your son's last heartbeat.

    In October 2013, this was the gift that Christine Perrelli received from her husband Anthony just hours after their 26-year-old son became an organ donor.  

    On April 6, thanks to musician Jarvis Green, choreographer Kerry McManus and volunteers from The AJ Project, Christine's dream of producing a music and dance piece inspired by AJ's heartbeat will come to life at the AJ Project's 3rd Annual Friend Raiser for Organ Donor Awareness.

    "People ask me why I am started the AJ Project and why we choose to advocate for organ donation. What I tell them is here we are five years later and because of AJ’s story and The AJ Project I can still talk about my son like a proud momma. I get to brag of his accomplishments as an artists and his generosity as a donor.  I always hope that his story will inspire creatives to work hard and give back to the community."  Christine Perrelli, AJ's mother and  co-founder, The AJ Project

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    • Rehearsals are underway for a fund raiser for organ donor awareness. 
    • In 2014 the AJ Project was formed to honor AJ Perrelli who was an actor, dancer and singer. 
    • This dance is inspired by AJ’s heartbeat that that was recorded hour before his organ donation.
    • The event will be held on Saturday April 6th from 1-5 pm at Terrace on the Park in Queens. 

    We ask you to join us 

    Saturday, April 6th from 1-5 pm at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Park, as we feature the world premiere of the dance piece Create from the HeArt as well as work from other talented performers. Share the love with us, and enjoy lunch, live music, auctions, raffles and door prizes.

    Tickets and sponsorship information at www.4theajproject.org.  

    Suggested donation $70.00

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    Why organ donation?

    * Because of AJ, people world wide registered for organ donation-

    * When the Perrelli family heard the statistics on donation in our area they were appalled-

    * Even though you may be registered you family can still refuse your wishes-

    * Not everyone is able to donate organs but there are other options such as tissue, corneas and bone options- 

    In NY/HudsonValley/Long Island Area

    In 2013 

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 223 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    In 2018

    Ranked 50th in the nation for organ donation

    only 313 people donated organs

    Over 10,000 people on the waiting list

    *Statistics provided by Unos and LiveOnNY 


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    Why The AJ Project? The simple answer is #4AJ.  

    When AJ passed away, a fund was set up to help with his burial costs. After all was done, there was $800 still in the account. AJ's mother promised that any remaining money would be put into a fund for the arts in honor of AJ. The AJ Project was born.

    This project exists as an extension of its namesake: AJ Perrelli's love of creating and connecting those who create. AJ was a professional dancer, singer, actor and artist who left us too soon at 26. His final casting call was as an organ donor. Because of AJ's generosity both in life and after his death, people worldwide were inspired to pursue their passions for the the arts and sign up as organ donors.

    We are an arts org.

    We bring professional and emerging artist together to raise funds and awareness to important critical issues and causes. 

    We champion the importance of organ donor registration.  Why? #4AJ 

    501(c)3 not for profit 

    Additional Links:

    Google Drive Link photos-word doc-logos

    Website         https://www.4theajproject.org

    Interview with Christine Perrelli 2018 CFH.      https://youtu.be/6PLm8bGlISE

    Pictures and Videos 2018 CFH.    2018 AJ Project Create From the Heart Recap

    2017 Body Painting OD PSA.    https://www.4theajproject.org/nyc_organ_donor_campaign

    Permission is granted to use Youtube channel produced videos 

    Videos- You tube Channel - AJ Project Productions

    Create from the heart rehearsal footage with voice over

    Audio Visual Sponsor : LiveOnNY


  • published Why are you a creative in The Arts Chose Me 2018-12-19 18:42:25 -0500

    Why are you a creative

    Write your why and publish it here!


  • published Videos in Gallery 2017-12-21 00:51:56 -0500

    Videos

    CLICK THE LINKS TO SEE VIDEOS- Scroll down for event photos

    they are on a playlist for each event.  

    If you want to go directly to our youtube page click the link below

    OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL   

    @4THEAJPROJECT

     

    2018 Create from the Heart Friend Raiser

    2017 Winter Whimsey Friend Raiser

     

    2017- F.A.M. CLUB  Boys and Girls Club 

    ABOUT FAM CLUB

     

    ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS Videos

     

    2016 and before events

    TONY VIEWING PARTY

    ROCKY HORROR VIEWING PARTY

     

    AJ PERRELLI PERFORMANCES

     

     


  • published Invitation in Friend Raiser 2018 2017-12-08 02:09:24 -0500

  • published 1st Annual Friend Raiser photos and videos in Gallery 2017-11-30 00:42:42 -0500

    1st Annual Friend Raiser photos and videos

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    Check out the photos below the video link! 

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  • published Auction/Raffle Donation in Friend Raiser 2018 2017-11-30 00:57:33 -0500

    Auction/Raffle Donation

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    Thank you for your generous donation of a raffle/auction item for our 2nd annual AJ Project Friend Raiser. In order to feature your generous gift properly and guarantee you receive a receipt for you records please send an email to christine@4theajproject.org along with a picture of the item if applicable. 

    Include:

    Name of business or person making in kind donation

    Description of the item donated

    Value of the item

    If there is a special story attached to the donation i.e., hand made, inspired by, one of a kind etc. please include 

    If you have any questions feel free to call Christine at 407-630-9801

     

     


  • published A letter to our Sponsors in Friend Raiser 2018 2017-11-30 00:53:05 -0500

    A letter to our Friends

    November 30, 2017
    Contact: Aj Project

     

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    www.theajproject.org

    Dear Friends,

    The AJ Project cultivates opportunities for emerging and professional creative artists to connect, create and give back to the community. Currently we are teaching an after school film, arts, and media program (F.A.M Club) at the Boys and Girls Club in Queens NY, produce videos for other non profits and create organ donor awareness. Even though we are a volunteer based organization it takes money to make these programs a success. 

    On Saturday, January 27th, 2018 we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Friend Raiser themed Create From the Heart and would appreciate your support. Your tax deductible gift of sponsorship, raffle item or auction item will go a long way in helping us reach our goals. 

    Last years 1st annual Friend Raiser was a huge success. The afternoon was filled with old and new friends, live entertainment, professionally produced video productions, 2 amazing organ donor recipient guest speakers, great food and 24 raffle items. With only 24 days to plan and 121 guests in attendance we raised enough money to launch the FAM Club and sustain our monthly bills for one year. 

    With the success of our 2017 and more time to plan we have set some pretty lofty goals for 2018. With your help, we hope to reach our goals of 300 guests, enough money to cover our operating cost for a year (we are very frugal) buy a few pieces of gear for the FAM Club, a laptop computer, expand our after school program to the summer, start a weekend program open to kids 15 - 18 and hire a small paid staff. It seems like a lot to ask but since our birth in 2014 we have never been shy in setting goals and have achieved most of them. We planned our growth to be slow and steady. This was to assure we set down the correct roots for sustainability and maintain our mission and vision for the future.  

    Our inspiration comes from the determination and fearlessness of our name sake AJ Perrelli. AJ was a professional dancer, singer, actor and stage performer who passed away at the young age of 26. His final casting was as an organ donor. Because of AJ both in life and after his death people world wide were inspired to pursue their passions for the the arts and also sign up as organ donors. 

    The AJ Project is very thankful to the scores of AJ’s friends, family and colleagues who have supported us these past few years. We are thrilled with the prospect of continuing to widen our reach and share his story in an effort to inspire others to create from the heart. Every little bit helps and every little bit is one more young person we can teach, one more emerging artist we can support and one more opportunity for The AJ Project to make a positive contribution to our community. 

    From our heart to yours we look forward to adding your name and your energy to our cast of supporters.

    Warmly and with XOXO, (AJ always closed an email with this)
    Christine Perrelli, Founder, Executive Director
    Christina Neubrand, Founder, Program Director
    The AJ Project
    501(c)3 non profit
    Social Media @4theajproject
    email: info@theajproject.org
    407-630-9801
     

  • published Sponsorship in Friend Raiser 2018 2017-11-28 00:56:39 -0500

    Create From the Heart 2018 Sponsorship

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    VIP Partner: $5000

    Co-sponsor of the Event, logo or name listed on all event materials including step and repeat, print and social media materials, highlight story on AJP blog and social media, logo featured on website, social media and print materials for one year, opportunity for sponsor to speak at the event, meet and greet and photo ops with talent, 2 reserved tables with 4 bottles of wine on each. 20 VIP tickets to the event.

    Video Production Sponsor: $4000.00 

    Producer Credit on our Organ Donor Campaign Video, Logo listed on all event materials including step and repeat, print and social media materials, highlight story on AJP blog and social media, logo featured on website, social media and print materials for one year, opportunity for sponsor to speak at the event, meet and greet and photo ops with talent. Reserved tables with 2 bottles of wine on each. 8 VIP tickets to the event.

    Gold Sponsor $3000

    Logo listed on all event materials including step and repeat, social media recognition, logo featured on website and event pages, meet and greet and photo op with talent. Reserved table with 4 bottles of wine. 10 VIP tickets to the event.

    Audio Visual Sponsor $2000.00 or Gear (equivalent in kind donations of services and/or gear accepted)

    Logo or name listed on all event materials including step and repeat, print and social media materials, highlight story on AJP blog and social media, logo featured on website, social media and print materials for one year, opportunity for sponsor to speak at the event, meet and greet and photo ops with talent. Reserved tables with 2 bottles of wine on each. 8 VIP tickets to the event.

    Sponser a Table $1500

    Logo or Name listed on all event materials, logo featured on website and event pages, meet and greet and photo op with talent. Reserved table with 2 bottles of wine. 8 VIP tickets to the event and donate 2 to our volunteer staff. 

    Volunteer Sponsor $300.00 

    Buys four meals for our volunteer staff. Logo or Name listed on all event materials, logo featured on website and event pages,

    Bartender Fee Sponsor $ 250.00

    We are charged a fee outside of the per person cost and would love to have that covered. Your name/logo will be placed on the bar and on all event materials. 

    Raffle and Auction Items:  Please click on the Raffle/Auction link for more information.  

     

     

     

    Donate


  • published Inv 2017 whimsy 2016-12-27 14:29:59 -0500

  • published The Arts Chose Me in News 2016-12-02 17:47:17 -0500

    The Arts Chose Me

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  • published 2nd Annual Recap in News 2016-12-02 17:42:08 -0500

  • published Facebook Posts #4AJ in Gallery 2016-10-27 17:11:26 -0400

  • Burlesque Show comes to Astoria

    by Christine Perrelli 
    SpeakeasyburlesqueNY@gmail.com
    performers and production contact Christine@4theajproject.org

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    The iconic Astor Room located in the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens NY is making a name for itself as a premiere hotspot showcasing amazing singers, musicians and the occasional magician. Now you can add a monthly Burlesque Show to the mix. Starting Thursday, September 29th the Speakeasy Burlesque NY will debut in the new event space called Studio A. The evening will benefit a non profit for the arts called The AJ Project.

    Produced by Director/Choreographer Steven Cardona in partnership with The AJ Project a 501(c)3 non profit for the arts, the themed shows plan on engaging the audience's through texting and emailing a secret password for entrance, drink specials and to receive the theme for the next months show.  Guest are not required to dress the theme but if they want to play the part that is encouraged. 

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    Loreto_720px.jpgMontserrat L'umiere guest performs at The Astor Room on Thursday September 29, 2016Photo credit: Giovanni Gellona

    For their first show "Diva's" a variety of performers will take the stage. Steven's co-host this month will be comedian Liz Magee who performs stand-up all over New York City. The line up includes Loreto Astroza performing as Montserrat L'umiere who's credits as a dancer span both Chile and NYC. This gorgeous dancer has a background in Latin, Jazz and Salsa so expect a hot sexy performance. Featured dancers Milagros Simon as Lady Day and Kitty Perrelli offer a beautiful mix of performance and fun. To mix things up songstress Amy Rivard will perform and Joshua Warr as Stormy Weatherz brings a little Drag to the room. 

    The Speakeasy NY Burlesque NY will be at held the third Thursday of every month at The Astor Room located on 35th Ave and 35th Street in Astoria. Doors open 7pm/ $10 cover at the door.

    RSVP/Tickets  http://www.4theajproject.org/speakeasy_burlesque

    The relationship with The AJ Project and The Astor Room began this past June when they co-hosted a Tony Awards Viewing Party. For 20 bucks (half going to the AJ Project!) guest watched the televised Tony Awards hosted by James Cordon on a big screen TV. They were entertained during commercial breaks by members of the AJ Project's tribe with song and comedy. Jarvis Green played the beautiful baby grand for singers Rachel Lauria, Haley Clair, Kitty Perrelli and Alexander Sage Owen. Co-hosted by Steven Cardona and Comedian Cate Wineberg, the audience was also given the chance to win prizes by answering trivia questions presented via video taken especially for the event from Broadway stars; Heather Parcells from Tuck Everlasting, Amanda LaMotte from Matilda The Musical, Jeff Blumenkrantz from Bright Star, Natalie Charle Ellis from School of Rock and Sam Rodgers from American in Paris. As part of the special evening guest were treated to a light menu & 1 free cocktail as well. Youtube_logo.png  

    Because the night was such a success, viewing parties are on the schedule for Rocky Horror Live on October 20th and Hairspray Live on December 7th. Once again entertainment will be on the menu. Attendees will be encouraged to dress the part so make sure you sign up on the website to get more details. 

    Astor_room_pics.jpgIn this world where live performers have fewer and fewer places to showcase their work, Manager Gjovalin "John" Nikci is a strong supporter of the arts. This is evident by the variety of opportuinities for entertainers to showcase their talents at The Astor Room. Besides the incredible food and signature drinks offered daily live jazz is on the menu at Sunday Brunch and also Friday and Saturday evenings. Tuesdays feature pop performers and Wednesday's Michael Mott & Friends presents a weekly cabaret style show where singers and the occasional magician come to the stage and perform anything from pop to broadway tunes.

    John_and_Chris.jpg You  can check out the Astor Room calendar here. 

    It is with great pride, like that of a stage dad, that John boasts of the historic building that houses The Astor Room. Built in the 1920's this once commissary to the stars sits upstairs from the former Studio A music recording studio where greats like Billy Joel have recorded. With the recent renovation of Studio A to an event space, Nikci envisioned not only a great place to host meetings, weddings or Bar Mitzvahs, but had a specific vision of having a Burlesque Show. Once down the stairs through a non-descript hallway you enter a private venue that seats up to 100 has a full stage, lights and projection set up.  It has a full bar and the ability to transform into any theme you can imagine. It is the perfect space for The Speakeasy Burlesque NY show.  AJ_Montage.jpg

    The AJ Project is a 501(c)3 non profit organization for the arts located in Astoria Queens. Their mission is to create, cultivate and curate adults pursuing the arts as a career. The NPO was founded little over a year ago by Christine Perrelli, AJ's mother, to honor the memory of her son who was a dancer, actor and singer. He passed away in 2013 at age 26 from a head injury. Creating this monthly show is a win win for both The Astor Room and The AJ Project. The Astor Room is able to support a local non profit and host a spectacular evening filled with talent and The AJ Project can has a venue to cultivate the arts community. AJ used to say that "Adulting" as an artist is hard. It is the job of The AJ Project to find ways to make it easier.  All of the $10 donation for the Diva Show will go to The AJ Project and their mission.  If you would like to offer your creative services to future works of The AJ Project you can go to their website and join at www.4theajproject.org or email Christine@4theajproject.org. For performance info on the Burlesque shows contact SpeakeasyburlesqueNY@gmail.com.

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  • published Tony Viewing Party 2016 in tonystickets 2016-05-29 11:50:22 -0400

  • published Aj's Story in About AJ- In his own words 2016-02-27 17:09:20 -0500

    AJ Perrelli's Story

    written by his mother, Christine Perrelli

    AJ Perrelli

    August 5, 1987—October 16, 2013

    There is a saying, "Live every day like it's your last." Some people just get it, they figure out how to get the most out of life and use every one of the 1,440 minutes in a day.

    It is often the people who touch our lives for the shortest time that are the hardest to forget. AJ's 26 years of life were full of many adventures, many friends and many laughs and in 2013 he tragically passed away from a head injury.

    In his life journey AJ's story spanned over 40 countries, touched thousands of people and represented his innate ability to promote human connection. When word got out that AJ was in the hospital in critical condition his Facebook page exploded. Family, friends, friends of friends and complete strangers became glued to social media looking for updates. Over 800 pages of post where made as the world followed his journey. Admiration was shared on his passion for life, appreciation of his talents and love of his family and friends. People followed, they shared stores, and they prayed for a miracle. That miracle never manifested.

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    And even after he was gone the posts continued: 

    "AJ did more in his 26 years than many of us do in a lifetime". "He traveled, worked hard and played hard". "He was the "glue" who kept his friends together and the kind of guy who would go out of his way to see you if you where in town even if it was for 5 minutes". "He was "that" guy, the one you could call to talk, bitch or go on an adventure with". "He would do anything for you and did not expect anything in return". "I don't know him but wish I did. This kid lived life to the fullest!" "I met him once and he was someone I will never forget" "The world lost someone really special today, a rare breed, someone who understood human interaction".

    Family was a priority for AJ. His parents, siblings and grandparents were his world. He tried to be a second father to his brothers, Michael and Nick, as well as a role model and protector to his sister, Kitty. It was important for him to share his knowledge of life in an attempt to protect them from some of the heartaches and difficulties he experienced. He was the favorite cousin, the favorite uncle and even the favorite grandson. AJ always stayed in touch calling regularly to share his latest adventure. You just couldn't wait to hear his voice!

    He was a first time father to be. Only two weeks before his accident he informed his family that he and his girlfriend, Teresa were expecting a child. His little boy, Luca was born on Cinco De mayo…a very appropriate homage to his Daddy who always loved a reason to party.

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    He took his career plan very seriously and always involved himself in something or with someone to make his work as an actor and dancer improve. In working to perfect his craft AJ researched opportunities, auditioned constantly, took classes and studied hard. AJ was passionate and determined and always thought of himself as a serious dramatic actor. Come to find out, his comedic timing was incredible. Credit: Psychodrama the web-series. 

    Work as a performer kept AJ on the road for over 2 years where he visited over 40 countries performing as Goofy and a principle dancer for the Disney Live Show and in 2012, AJ graduated from one of the top 25 Drama schools in the nation, The William Esper Studio.

    AJ always found time to work with film students at NYU Tisch School for the Arts as an actor for their film study classes. He did this for several aspiring directors and helped give feedback to the production teams and student actors. Some of the work is quite good and some was really bad. When he did these however, he never outright knocked the bad. He always remembered that he had to start somewhere and was lucky enough to have the right people guiding him along on his journey.

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    Just before his passing AJ worked as a swing performer for the original Village People as the Cowboy. Yes, he was on stage singing the YMCA in costume alongside the Construction Worker, Cop, Indian, Biker and Army dude. AJ was particuarily proud of this opportunity because he grew up listening to this music with his father and the personal connection made the professional connection that much stronger. His time with them was less than a year and he performed 6 shows before his passing. He might have been a bit young for the group but they loved him and when the new Cowboy, Jim Newman, was cast they asked AJ to continue to perform as swing for not only the Cowboy, but the Construction Worker and Biker as well.

    When actors become famous it is always fun to hear what other jobs they did to survive. AJ had no shortage of odd jobs that would have been a fun quip on a talk show someday. When he first returned back to NYC he landed a job at a pretty famous restaurant located across from Carnegie Hall. When he got the job he claimed it was the best audition for an acting job he ever did. In NY waiters are professionals and AJ was far from a professional. In fact he had never waited a table in his life. He went in there and basically acted his way into a job. He used to joke that he was the Charlie Chaplin of waiters and should have been fired after the first week.

    His next part time job would be at Dave and Busters, in Times Square, where he would go up to tables and offer to take their picture and give them a key chain. Through his work at Dave & Busters, AJ met a designer, Raymond. AJ approached his table and did his spiel. Raymond looked down and asked if AJ was a size 9 shoe. He was and AJ became the very first shoe model for the brand new launch of a Tommy Bahamas shoe line.

    AJ's final casting call was one he was not able to attend. After AJ's burial, when things were settling down, AJ's parents retrieved his email and phone messages. AJ was asked personally by the Emmy award winning choreographer Mia Michaels to audition for an upcoming Broadway show Finding Neverland. While we might be biased we think he would of nailed it! Neverland was in his top 10 favorite movies and Mia was his favorite choreographer.

    AJ's final act was that of organ donor. His gifts of life included his heart, kidneys, pancreas, liver and corneas. Although his decision to be an organ donor did not transfer to his New York State license, he and his mother had a conversation regarding his wishes when he was 18. Because of that and knowing how AJ's gifts could hopefully keep another family from going through the pain of loss 5 families lives where changed when on his sisters 21st birthday the donation surgery was performed.

    If AJ were here today, and this terrible loss happened to one of his family or friends, we know that AJ would have been the first one at the hospital, the first to gather the troupes to support the family and the first one to say YES!; I will do anything it takes to be a part of something to remember them by.

    In his spirit we ask that you become a part of The AJ Project Family and continue the Ripple Effect that AJ started. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, sign up on the website, participate in an event, create an event, your help is greatly appreciated no matter how big or small. #4AJ - You can join our family here

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We are an arts org. We bring professional and emerging artist together to raise funds and awareness to important critical issues and causes. We champion the importance of organ donor registration. Why? #4AJ
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