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Tri-State Rocks is a benefit vocal competition and performance, perfect for both aspiring artists and audience members interested in an evening of entertainment and supporting local charitable organizations. All proceeds from the event will support Kids In Crisis, ArtWorks, and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).

This year’s event will take place at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday, December 3rd at 5:30 PM, doors will open at 4:45 PM for a pre-show with local DJs the Vargas Brothers. VIP tickets are also available and include a pre-show reception and meet-and-greet with the judges and host from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

The competition is for anyone between the ages of 12 to 21 who resides in Connecticut, New York or New Jersey. Judges include former American Idol judge and Grammy-nominated hit-maker, Kara DioGuardi, Head of A&R at Atlantic Records, Pete Ganbarg, and Leslie Stifelman, Music Director and Conductor of the award-winning Broadway hit musical, Chicago. Z100’s Maxwell will host the event.

Tri-State Rocks is presented by Inspired Nation, a non-profit that fosters young talent, builds community, and raises money and awareness for local youth-oriented charities. The presenting event sponsor is WMCHealth, and our local sponsors are Westchester Magazine, iHeartRadio, and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. Inspired Nation is sponsored by Atlantic Records, the Berklee College of Music, Universal Music Group, Arthouse Entertainment, iHeartRadio, and BMI.



2017 Beneficiaries


Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley and Fairfield County in Connecticut.

The hospital provides children and their families with lifesaving and life-changing services, many of which are found nowhere else in the region.  These services include a comprehensive pediatric hematology and oncology program; the area’s most advanced pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery service; the region’s only pediatric organ transplant program as well as its only Level I pediatric trauma and burn service; the area’s only dedicated pediatric intensive care unit and its regional neonatal intensive care unit, which cares for the region’s tiniest and sickest newborns.

Combined with world-class pediatric care is a special healing environment developed from the point-of-view of patients and families as well as doctors and nurses.  The special environment puts children and their families at ease and gets the whole family feeling better.

A donation made to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital enhances services and ensures the hospital stays on the cutting edge of medical technology and research.

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Kids in Crisis

Kids in Crisis provides 24-hour support to help children and families resolve conflict. Crisis Counselors work through any situation and meet face-to-face for intervention and assistance. For those who need more than short-term counseling, Kids in Crisis offers its two emergency shelters in Cos Cob, both licensed by the State of Connecticut: the Crisis Nursery for infants and young children and the Teen House for adolescents. These homes, complete with a fully-staffed, state-of-the-art medical clinic, provide therapeutic care in a safe, nurturing environment for up to 20 children at any one time.

Additionally, Kids in Crisis provides prevention programs throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. The prevention programs include SafeTalk, a series of workshops for elementary schools, which teaches children to be safe from bullying and abuse, and TeenTalk, which offers student outreach counselors to area high schools to help adolescents with personal and family pressures.



The mission of ArtWorks, The Naomi Cohain Foundation is to improve the healthcare experience of pediatric patients by providing programs in the creative and performing arts. ArtWorks provides children and young adults facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to empowering and expressive art programs.

Founded by Daniela Mendelsohn, ArtWorks is inspired by the life of her late cousin, Naomi Cohain. At the age of 14, Naomi was diagnosed with late stage Bone Cancer and found herself spending more and more time in the hospital setting. Working closely with an art therapist, her creative moments became more significant and Naomi’s passion for the arts provided a vital emotional outlet and source of comfort throughout her illness. Naomi’s story lives on through ArtWorks, inspiring others and serving as a testament to the healing powers of the creative process.