LUNCH BREAK / FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
LIMITED EDITION and SIGNED ROCK & ROLL
PHOTOGRAPHS TO BENEFIT LUNCH BREAK…
It’s time to give back with a little help from my photos!
ROUND 2 — $14,864
I am often asked to donate classic rock photographs from my archives. I would have never imagined when I was 16 and sneaking my camera into concerts that I could make a living out of it, much less help out some people in my own hometown by donating the sale of these photos three decades later. My career as a photographer has been a dream come true, and it’s time to give back.
As many of you know, for the past three years I have been passionate about a campaign I started for LUNCH BREAK, the soup kitchen (and so much more) in my hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The campaign is entitled FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME and I am donating images from the first time I photographed the musicians in the 70s and 80s, with the proceeds benefitting LUNCH BREAK. After last year’s successful campaign raised more than $10,000, I have teamed up once again with Charitybuzz online auction for Round 2! This year’s auction runs from September 24 to October 15.
“Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss inspires the art of giving.
A long time supporter of Lunch Break, one of Monmouth County’s most vital social service agencies, is very near and dear to rock and roll photographer Mark Weiss. Lunch Break provides life’s basic necessities, food, clothing and fellowship, free of charge, to community members in need.
Currently in the final stages of a $5 million capital campaign, Mark has raised significant funds through his annual CharityBuzz online auction for Lunch Break to create an art gallery on the wall in their main dining room that will showcase the talents of local artists.
Mark’s dedication and compassion towards those less fortunate, his desire to bring hope to so many, his ability to inspire others through the art of giving, is a true reflection of a man who cares deeply for his community.”
-Gwendolyn O. Love, Executive Director, Lunch Break
Fox 5 News Anchor Steve Lacy Interviews Mark Weiss – November 2014
In October 2011 I became aware of LUNCH BREAK in Red Bank, NJ they were having their annual Gala This wonderful organization has been providing life’s most basic necessities to people in need since 1983. I donated a photograph from some hometown heroes, BON JOVI, from a shoot I did in 1986, which was auctioned off along with a signed guitar from Jon.
Later that month David Johansen, singer of the NY Dolls was playing at the Downtown in Red Bank. I went into my archives to print a few photos for LUNCH BREAK to raffle off at the show and David was gracious enough to sign a few to add to the value. When he asked me where the shot was taken, I replied “outside the Fast Lane in Asbury Park, it was 1979 and the first time I ever photographed you.” The photos raised several hundred dollars that night with the help of LUNCH BREAK volunteers at the concert.
David Johansen at Fast Lane 1979; David signing photo for LUNCH BREAK; Mark, Petra and Elaine in front of LUNCH BREAK
“The light bulb went off. I would catch the bands when they were performing
in the area and reach out to them to sign a few photos from my archives.” I began calling the campaign “FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME,” borrowed from the Foreigner song, and it was exciting for me to go into my archives from the early days of photographing the artist. The campaign continued in November with Sammy Hagar. He just released the song “I NEED A JOB” with his band CHICKENFOOT. After watching the powerful video, I knew I was on the right path.
Sammy Hagar Nov. 8, 2011; Sammy at Madison Square Garden 1977; Sammy & Mark Nov. 8, 2011
Sammy Hagar at Webster Hall nov 8 2011 Nov. 8, 2011
In August 2012, BOSTON performed at the Count Basie in Red Bank. Tom Scholz, founder and guitarist, was happy to sign a few of my classic shots from 1978. A couple months later Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shore and soon after, Tom’s wife Kim sent me a $5,000 check made out to LUNCH BREAK with the kind words to our community “Boston sending love to New Jersey. Be well and stay strong.”
Tom Scholz, guitar player and founder of the band BOSTON backstage at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ August 29, 2012; Tom and Mark backstage; Mark presenting the donation from Kim and Tom Scholz to Gwen Love, Executive Director of LUNCH BREAK
Mark continues to get his iconic photographs signed to raise awareness to benefit those in need. Axl Rose, Paul Stanley of KISS, Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry and most recently, Cheech & Chong are among the dozens of signed photos from this unique campaign benefitting foundations such as LUNCH BREAK. 100% of the proceeds go directly to these worthwhile organizations.
Debbie Harry speaks out at October 5th 2012 LUNCH BREAK Gala
Artist David Banegas with Debbie Harry of Blondie and photographer Mark Weiss at the Banegas Gallery in Red Bank, NJ in August 2012.