By Michael Morano
The owners of Beau Monde Guitars, Lou Bottone and Harry Jacovou, have over 30 years of musical expertise and have been involved with teaching music to individuals with Autism throughout a portion of their careers. Due to Bottone and Jacovou’s desire to give back to the community, Beau Monde Guitars will be hosting a Jam Shop Open House event for Autism Awareness on November 22, 2014 from 1 to 4 pm at 285 Livingston Street, Northvale, NJ.
Beau Monde Guitars is an owner-operated full-service musical instrument retailer specializing in sales, lessons, repairs and rentals. Autism is a mental condition often presented from early childhood. It is characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
According to the CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 68 children born in the United States has been identified with Autism. Jacovou has been emotionally connected with the autistic community ever since losing a family member years ago. Since opening the shop, he has made it one of his main priorities to help the cause.
The Jam Shop is an organization that offers opportunities to learn about music and instruments for children living with Autism and other special needs. “I’m so incredibly thrilled to be hosting an event that will bring the community together for a good cause,” said co-owner Harry Jacovou. “I believe it’s important to shed some
light on autism and the open house will be great fun.”
The Jam Shop Open House event is free to the public, and will consist of a variety of activities and entertainment including face painting, arts and crafts, and various music demonstrations. Some other features of the event will include lessons from Jam Shop instructors, Mike Morgan and Dan Iucci, for all young aspiring musicians. According to Iucci, "The kids do all the creating, and we just run with it. Jam Shop really breaks the kids out of their shell more quickly than other programs. It's more of a learning experience." Free food and beverages for parents and children participating in the event will also be provided.
There will be the opportunity to participate in a raffle, in which all proceeds will be donated to Autism Awareness. The prizewinner of the raffle will receive a brand new Fender guitar as well as free guitar lessons from Bottone or Jacovou. Overall, the event’s main priority is to generate more awareness for this disorder that continues to impact children every day.