Stevens’ Student hosts benefit concert
Student Run Cystic Fibrosis Charity Releases Music
Compilation and Hosts Benefit Concert
Michael Crino, a rising junior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, and his roommate Patrick O’Brien combined two of their passions – music and charity – to create nonprofit Music Gives Back, Inc.
O’Brien, a rising senior diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, is the lead singer of a band featured on the compilation. The compilation is to be released as a CD entitled “Open Your Heart,” featuring 17 nationwide bands.
“After getting to know Patt, cystic fibrosis was a cause I became close to. It started out as just an idea we had and now it has turned into something huge,” says Crino. “We put out a video that got thousands of views in just a few days from all over the world.”
In addition to the video, Crino and O’Brien have taken to social media and blogging in an effort to spread awareness and reach out to both music enthusiasts and the cystic fibrosis community.
“It’s about reaching out to a younger generation and teaching them about an illness that they probably have never even heard of before,” O’Brien says. Their efforts have paid off already – the charity was recently recognized by Bridge 9 Records and various other media outlets.
Music Gives Back will be present at The Fest in Gainesville, FL this coming October. The Fest is a 3-day music festival featuring over 250 bands.