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TONY TORCASIO - "If Ever Any Man Deserves To Be Honored " is Genial, Compassionate Tony Torcasio: He is a man who has touched the lives of all who knew him. He was admired for his earnest and sincere dedication to philanthropic endeavors and community service.

My close relationship with Tony Torcasio began in the early 1980's. We met at a fund-raising board meeting held by The American Cancer Society's New Jersey Chapter. Tony had been an officer of this Chapter for some time and I was invited by two mutual friends, Atlantic City Press columnist Sonny Schwartz and Bud Gundaker, President of the ACS New Jersey Chapter. I was there to generate new fund-raising ideas for the coming fiscal months. The society was considering asking me to produce entertainment shows with some of the top-name performers that were scheduled to work engagements in Atlantic City.  Before the meeting I was able to contact my associate Larry Bennett who represented Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton to explain what was being planned for the coming events and find out the feasibility of them clearing their calendar in order to make an appearance. I also contacted drummer Chris Columbo, Vice President of Atlantic City Musicians Union  for his assistance. 


During my presentation to the executive board, in which I mentioned the strong possibility that I could deliver the caliber of talent, the society wanted. I happened to glance across the table to where Tony Torcasio was sitting. I felt a penetrating stare that was analyzing and judging everything I was presenting; this was his way of finding out if I was for real or just another promoter with empty promises.

***At this first meeting, he became very impressed with the dedication and belief that I had to offer as a musician, producer and promoter. He saw that I felt it was important to do the right thing for everyone concerned.

I'll never forget that day when he instantly took me aside and said in his gruff voice "Come here kid, I like you." It was that day when he took me under his wing and adopted me as part of family.

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