Meet the Team of CureCancerWithMusic.org® organizers for Charity Fundraising Events across the United States. With open arms and huge hearts our Professional Organizers orchestrate musical talent abroad and channel artistry proceeds to Cancer Patients everywhere.
Meet OUR Team
President & CEO
Michael James Weiss was born in Astoria, NY in 1968 to his parents Lynn and Harvey Weiss. Mike’s father grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and his mother grew up in Floral Park, NY. Mike’s father joined the Army and found himself deployed to Germany and after returning home from the Army he met Lynn and they where married in 1964. Mike’s father worked as a mold maker and his mom stayed home and raised the children. In 1970 the Weiss’s had their second child, Karen. In 1971, the Weiss’s moved to Elmont, NY where both Mike and Karen attended Elementary School. In February of 1980, Mike’s mom had her third child Stephanie. Mike attended Elmont Memorial High School & studied USA GoJu Karate. Mike was always driven and pushed himself everyday with different ideas of earning money. At age 16 he built bicycles from parts he would find in the garbage and took a paper route to pay for additional Karate classes. He entered in many tournaments while he was under the age of 18 learning discipline.
After graduating High School, Mike told his mother he was going to take a year off. By 19 years old, Mike had started a Towing Company called Tow Busters and at age 21 he moved out of his parent’s house to Franklin Square where he built up his business. In 1993, Mike bought a house in Freeport, NY. There he continued to study karate and had his girlfriend moved in with him. In 1998, Mike got married and had his first child Brianna. Around that time Mike started another business called Cigar House and placed men & women in bars, nightclubs & restaurants selling cigars. While on a call with the head of Bacardi, Mike’s business was offered the opportunity to promote Bacardi in all of New Jersey. After agreeing to promoting their products, Mike thought about promoting similar products abroad and started Haus Promotions, Inc., a marketing and promotional agency supplying ideas and promotional strategies to a variety of Companies throughout the United States. In 2003, Mike also started Metro Limousine & Party Bus Service, LI Brewery Tours and LI Vineyard Tours.®
In 2003, Mike’s son, Michael JR., was born and in 2010 his third child Daniella was born. Mike moved his home business to Albany Avenue in Freeport where his Limousine business expanded while he was renting a small portion of a 6000 sq foot building and was forced to find something bigger. In 2010, Mike moved his operations to sunrise Highway in Freeport and in 2016 purchased the building he originally rented on Albany Avenue. All operations are now ran from this corporate location. Mike’s passion for helping other’s with Cancer stems from both his father & grandfather whom both suffered with cancer and passed away.
Vice President of Operations & Entertainment
John G. Shaughnessy SR; was born in Kings County Hospital located in Brooklyn, NY on July 20, 1960. His parents; Harold (one of 15 children) and Julia Shaughnessy lived in Carnarsie Brooklyn, NY. John’s father worked as a Scale-men & weigh-er on the docks in Downtown Brooklyn, Newark NJ & NYC. His mom was born in Brooklyn & was married to his father in October of 1951. John’s brother Steven was born on August 28, 1966. John’s father worked hard to raise his family in Cypress Hill, Brooklyn until they moved in 1973 to East Rockaway where John attended East Rockaway High School. He graduated with his Regents Diploma & attended St. John’s University where he graduated there in 1982. His family lived in East Rockaway for over 43 Years. John’s 1st child Timothy was born in 1984 and his second child Leo was born in April of 1986 with his girlfriend. In August of 1990 John got married and had his third child John Shaughnessy JR., in April of 1993. John is extremely Proud of his boys; Timothy ( M.D.), Leo ( Supervisor for CVS Pharmacy ) and John JR ( Medical Marijuana Producer & Distributor in Colorado ) and just recently, John has become a grandfather.
John’s first job was at age 15 delivering the newspaper for Newsday and while in college John became the Manager of Waldbaums. Looking for something else to drive his passion John found himself working in the Limousine Industry in 1987 and worked with Stargazer Limousines where he became the Assistance Director of Operations overseeing their fleet of 200 vehicles till 2012. While working at Stargazer he met Ken Ehrlich; the Executive Director of the Grammy’s MTV awards, The Sports Illustrated Awards and The Re-opening of Radio City Music Hall. In March of 1993, John lost his father to Cancer and in June of 1997 his mother to Pancreatic Cancer.
John’s passion has always driven him to the next level and in 2015 John was introduced to the Entertainment Industry where he found himself orchestrating different venues and entertainment throughout Long Island, NY at restaurants, catering halls and concert halls. John’s love for music and the industry drives him to help others battling sicknesses and Cancer.
Director of Events
Lorraine Tignetti was born in Queens, NY and moved to Long Island, NY with her family when she was a young teenager. Lorraine stills resides on Long Island, however often says…”You can take the girl out of Queens, but you can’t take the Queens out of the girl”. Lorraine takes pride in her upbringing and applies her old school values to everything she does in life such as strong family bonds, respecting elders, strong work ethic and always doing the right thing.
Lorraine has 25 years of Human Resources experience in Corporate America. Lorraine’s HR experience includes Recruitment/Talent Management, Branding/Promoting, Client Relations, Vendor Management and Office Administration. In Lorraine’s earlier years, her previous retail experience includes sales, customer service, merchandising/visual display and management. In 2018, Lorraine became a small business owner under the name of Lil’ Red’s Paparazzi Collection. As an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Accessories, Lorraine sells fashionable and affordable Jewelry thru social media platforms, her in-home boutique and vendor events. Lorraine is a Business Supporter/Committee Member for POWER of Women Exchanging Resources, Inc. where she is an active contributor since 2016. Lorraine also volunteers for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation since 2011.
Lorraine enjoys a wide variety of music genres and often creates her own dance floor wherever she hears music. Music has always been therapeutic for Lorraine’s ups and downs in life. Lorraine is a cancer survivor of 20 years and she celebrates her life by trying to live each day with a positive attitude and by giving back. Lorraine is honored and excited to be a part of the Cure Cancer with Music team where she can combine her business experience, love of music and enthusiastic personality all while helping a cause that is near and dear to her heart!
Director of Corporate Sponsorship & Media
Julie Fontanella was born and raised on the North Shore of LI in Miller Place. She is from an Italian, loving, and musical family. She attended Long Island University, CW Post Campus, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, with a minor in Marketing Communications. Julie was a New York City resident for 25 years, where she built her career in Sports Marketing Sponsorships, TV, Radio, Online and most recently Outdoor Advertising Billboards sales for 20+ years.
Exploring her roots by recently relocating to Long Island where she launched her consulting company, Julie Star Media Inc. Julie is reinventing her career and building new opportunities as an independent consultant. Julie is known as a people person. She is someone you can trust and is a true connector between agencies and client direct brands. Her extensive network provides leverage for clients across all media platforms, who are looking for professional consulting and / or identifying solutions based on their marketing goals and objectives.
Julie enjoys spending quality time with her family, amazing friends, and her Shih Tzu Gunner. Also plays classical piano, enjoys working out, off-roading on the beach in her Jeep, and visiting live music venues and restaurants. Additionally, she has a new love of cooking that developed during Quarantine and is in the process of writing a cookbook.
Julie is a veteran in the OOH advertising billboard industry. Launching her career representing the NY Yankees in 1995 and generated revenue for the team’s Sponsorships by securing fortune 500 companies on the outdoor stadium signage as well as behind Homeplate rotating signage. Currently a leader in the OOH media billboard space, experiential & field marketing campaigns specializing in local and national market support.
Recently Julie has expanded her capabilities as a Cause Entrepreneur with ONEHOPE Wine Company. ONEHOPE donates a percentage of their profits to charity. Surpassing monthly goals, while “sharing hope” to support thousands of charities, has been a rewarding accomplishment.
Joining CureCancerWithMusic.org to generate Sponsorship opportunities is personal to Julie as well as sentimental. Julie’s father was a successful band leader for weddings on Long Island when she was a child and passed away from cancer in 1995. Julie’s passion to be part of Cure Cancer With Music’s team to support cancer research fulfills a combination of both personal and profession motivation and she is ready to secure “home runs” in the Sponsorship sector!
Entertainment Promotions Coordinator
John Hall was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and is the youngest of 5 children. He graduated from Ben Franklin High School and went to college in Manchester England, London open Islamic College. John comes from a Family of Musical talent as both of his first Cousins is Morris Gardner, from “The Dream Lover”and Russell Tompkins Jr. who is the lead singer of the Stylistics. Coming from a talented Musical Family pushed John into the lime light where he built his own carrier. John began his career as a dancer, then added his vocal talent to his list of creative abilities.
In 1980, John was given the opportunity to dance & tour with James Brown. During this time, John learned the moves & mannerism from the King of Soul himself and started imitating them both on & off stage. Story has it, when James Brown saw John perform one of his songs, James Brown expressed that despite his young age; he was the best James Brown impersonator he had ever seen.
John, earned the title, ” The Bossman” during his 30 years of Entertainment and is one of the Best Entertainers whom has been preforming Worldwide for most of his life. He was inducted to The Jackie Wilson Foundation Hall of Fame and was given an award by Brenda Wilson, the daughter of Jackie Wilson for 30 years of Musical Talent Entertainment involvement..
John has six children whom are also in the Entertainment Industry and all doing great. Keep your eyes open for, John “The Bossman” Hall .
Director of Security
Mr Aurisano started his Martial Arts at the age of 15 years old, joined the Navy after graduating from high school, served his country for 4 years and returned back home. Mr Aurisano enrolled back into school to get his associate degree and enlisted in the Army National Guard. Mr Aurisano got married and became a New York City Correction Office, as an officer he became a gang profiler and tactical instructor teaching officer hand to hand combat. Mr Aurisano holds the rank of master instructor in the Kenpo style. After his retirement he worked for a security company as an operation manager, he also started the Executive Protection Branch.
Director of Media Relations
Rhonda is also the CEO of RMT Professional Services, which offers administrative
services in the entertainment industry. Her company is currently servicing a few of the
most notable performers in the business today. Projects that her company has worked on
in an administrative capacity are: the 2015 Progressive Insurance Commercial (Rapping
Box); 2016 Netflix 4-part series Hip Hop Evolution; Multi-Grammy Award winner
GrandMixer DXT’s 2017 NAMM show performance for DAS Audio; scoring for the
2017 HBO 4-part documentary “The Defiant Ones”; Production Assistant for movie and
film Producer Eric L. Waters of Waters Headquarters Production; participation of
GrandMixer DXT in 100th Anniversary of the LAPhil with jazz legend Herbie Hancock;
last but not least, Co-Producer of the Miss Black America Pageant.
In Rhonda’s own Arts & Entertainment and personal endeavors, she is best known as the
Host of the syndicated internet radio show “On The Grind with Rhonda Supreme”, a
music and entertainment radio show which currently airs on www.freeagentradio.com &
www.power102jamz.com . The show provides music, entertainment news, and celebrity
interviews. Her show has showcased guests such as David Banner, Tanisha LaVerne
Grant, John Marshall Jones, Me’lisa Morgan, CeCe Peniston, and many more. Rhonda
has had small roles in commercials and films such as the “Tommy Brown Show”, “Her
Little Secret” produced and directed by Derrick Hammond, and “Creed” produced by
Sylvester Stallone and directed by Ryan Coogler. In addition to her film work, Rhonda’s
compassion and innate eagerness to inspire others has directed Rhonda to continue to be a
source of hope for others by establishing Multiple Sisters – A network dedicated to the
well being of women with life challenges providing access to support and information to
assist women through their challenges. This continues to be something near and dear to her heart.
Director of Sound & Lighting
The Worlds First Turntablist, GrandMixer DXT!GrandMixer DXT is a musician, producer, songwriter, and DJ who is set apart from the rest in musical innovation. In his early career, DXT was the main DJ at the number one club in NYC, The Roxy! DXT is best known for using the turntable and operating it as a musical instrument. His mentor Herbie Hancock coined the phrase “turntablism” when referring to the technique GrandMixer DXT uses, and earned GrandMixer DXT a spot on the Grammy Awards stage in 1984 where he along with Herbie Hancock and the Rockit Band received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In more recent years, GrandMixer DXT has been inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk of Fame in 2014. He has also won an additional Grammy in 2018 for Best Music Film as a contributor to the music for HBO?s Defiant Ones, a four-part documentary, that tells the life stories of record executive Jimmy Iovine and record producer Dr. Dre. GrandMixer DXT is currently working on a variety of original recording projects for major recording artist. Keep a watchful eye out for him in the near future, as he explodes on the scene once again with extraordinary and innovative projects for which he is known and admired.
Film/T.V. & Multimedia Productions
Anthony Andre Jones, 65, grew up in Harlem, Spanish Harlem and Cambria Heights, Queens, New York. Jones has been in the entertainment industry for over 35 years and trained by his father, Jim. Jones started out as an independent club and concert promoter, but his ultimate goal/vision was to inspire youth and create an innovative entertainment empire and the realization of that vision has come to pass. He has been a community advocate, block association president, civic association member and president of the youth group at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cambria Heights, New York.
Jones studied Business Administration at Baruch College in New York City, and then, served his country in the United States Air Force for almost 10 years. This allotted him the opportunity to travel the world, while still furthering and expanding his entertainment career. He promoted major concerts in London, England while on military tour (with Bob James and Earth, Wind & Fire), just to name a few and was also dubbed “the American D.J. in London”, while spinning at the prestigious “Penthouse Club” nightclub owned by Penthouse Magazine. After returning home from the military, Jones continued his education through university courses offered by the Veterans Administration. Jones has also been featured numerous times on television and radio networks and was even offered an opportunity to run for a political office, in which he declined.
In March, 2021, Jones was appointed as the Film, TV & Multimedia Productions Ambassador for CureCancerWithMusic.org. He is truly inspired to be a part of such an amazing organization, as cancer is near and dear to him. There is a cancer cluster on his mother’s side of the family, amongst the brothers and sisters, in which four were diagnosed and a few have succumbed. He is excited and dedicated to helping those in need of hope and support, while navigating the fight against cancer. Jones was also the Property Manager at 531 Canal Street (a previously condemned building), which he oversaw the process of getting it back into compliance (building code), which reopened in January 2020 through May 2020, before launching the new Reading Film Studios, LLC, in which he is currently the Vice President. Jones is also the CEO of Chase Nelson Consultants International, LLC, which started in the early 2000’s. Chase Nelson Consultants has assembled an All-Star Executive Board of Directors from throughout the country to not just oversee the initiatives of the company, but to apply its diverse expertise and imagination to being policy makers, which is the driving force, for this company. Jones serves as a Consultant for many individuals and corporate entities. Jones has also made a key alliance and also partnered with James “CB” Gray and Timothy “Brewmaster” Davis of New York City, in which Gray and Davis are key players/partners and Senior Executives of Chase Nelson Consultants International.
Jones has established himself as a global presence and influencer and has partnered with several Fortune 500 organizations, tv personalities, actors and producers to create impactful content that entertains and inspires global audiences. He has coordinated many events during his career; so many that it is hard to list them all. Film/TV Projects include: Co-Producer/Investor – Better Dayz Film Production Inc. – 1999 – “Better Dayz”; Producer/Investor – D & C Film Production, Inc. – 2000 – “Return of Fire”; TV Program Producer/Investor – 2014 – “Philadelphia International Interfaith Court TV Series”; Associate Producer – Living Word Family Church – 2014 – “Another Chance”
(www.anotherchancethemovie.com); Location Manager – Living Word Family Church – 2015 – “Fat Chance” (www.lwfc.org). However, his most memorable was his co-sponsoring of a May 2003 event at The United Nations in New York City. His associate, Keith Beauchamp, produced a documentary on the killing of a black teen in 1955 (Emmett Till). Till’s death enraged the nation and made worldwide news, and this event sparked the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Beauchamp uncovered enough unknown information that caused the U.S. Attorney General to reopen the case and was one of the biggest civil
rights cases to be reopened in America. Jones, working with Ms. Catherine Claxton (Head of The United Nations Film Society); set up a viewing of the documentary for the Secretary General of the United Nations and the United Nations staff. During the evening’s presentation, he orchestrated various recording artists performances. The famed legendary groups, Blue Magic and the Persuaders, who are friends of Jones, performed some of their greatest, all time, old school hits. Also performing was his sister, Kim Jones and recording artist, Kristin Hoffman. “This event was very important to me” because I
had an opportunity to meet, conversate and spend quality time with Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till, who came to New York City for a private viewing of the documentary prior to her passing. Jones was also blessed to have had a discussion with Mamie Till and her nephews (Emmett’s cousins), who were with him outside the store when the whistling at the woman occurred. They were also in the house when Emmett was drug out, taken and killed. This discussion (remarkably) was the first in which they had the opportunity to be in the same room to discuss the events of that horrific day. It was absolutely tearful and emotional and I felt truly blessed to be present. Jones also states that, “the showing of the
documentary and the song presentations brought mixed emotions and was a platform for people to realize how we as a people and nation have suffered and survived”. For his zealous determination to get this documentary shown to the United Nations staff and invited guests, Jones was awarded a medal from world-renowned guru, Sri Chinmoy. The theme for this prestigious award “Lifting Up the World with A Oneness-Heart”, honors individuals of Inspiration and Dedication. Mr. Chinmoy conducted the Peace Meditation at the United Nations for the Secretary General and main staff. This award has only
been given to some of the world’s greatest leaders, i.e., President Jimmy Carter, Mother Theresa, Carl Lewis and other prominent recipients. Jones has made invaluable contributions to multimedia, film and television with experience in pre-
production, production and post- production. He has developed marketing strategies, engaged media outlets and worked with executive producers in a multi-camera studio, kept contracts up-to-date, along with monitoring the production budget and approving expenditures. Jones has 3 grown children, 10 grandchildren and is a Prince Hall Mason. His mantra – “We have no choice but to be brilliant in what we do, no choice!”
Director of Market & Promotions
Born in Harlem in 1962 of a loving family that had a love for music. The Brewmaster grew up dancing to the sounds of Motown, Atlantic, Mercury recording artist. In 1973 he moved to the South Bronx right when The Hip Hop age came to life & was tagged “The Brewmaster” of “The Brew Crew Inc, Hunts Point Wrecking Crew” A group of teens that was a formidable team of dancers. The dance was called “Breaking”, and rightfully we became a force in the World of Hip Hop.
Thinking about the future & becoming a young man Brewmaster joined the Navy in 1979. During that time serving the country, Hip Hop became commercialized. As being one of the pioneers of Hip Hop, a smidgen of resentment took hold of The Brewmaster especially after seeing a Hip-Hop movie aboard ship in the middle of the ocean witnessing people that watched & studied his dance moves now on the big screen. Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge, Brewmaster began circulating himself throughout the NYC night clubs & got himself plugged into the music industry.
The Brewmaster began his career in 1982 working under the wings of Herman Maloney at The Celebrity Club & learning the business of Marketing & Promotions. During that time the Hip Hop Industry was still at its infantile stages. The Brewmaster created a forum for hip hop artist to perform. Most of those artists are now Mega Stars! After 5 years Herman left the business and The Brewmaster has developed himself into the premier party promoter. The Brewmaster has promoted celebrity driven events from the 1980’s until the present date. Just to name a few venues in over a 30 year span: Justine’s, Leviticus, Pegasus. The Red Parrot, Bonds International Casino, Studio 54, Manhattan Center, Silver Shadow, Bentley’s, The Savage’, Club Elite, Expo, Kit Kat, NV’s Cheetah’s & Club Ivy’s
What The Brewmaster has for himself, and before the so-called birth of the “street team”, Music Groups such as Polygram, RCA & Zomba Music sub-contracted their marketing & promotions to The Brewmaster. With that in account a Marketing Specialist was born! The joy of “making it happen” has given The Brewmaster a high that is in no comparison to anything. The birth of labels such as Uptown Records, Bad Boy, Ruff Ryders, etc. The Brewmaster was not just there but an active part in the rearing of such labels. The Brewmaster has marketed & promoted those that are the superstars of today: Mary J Blige, LL Cool J, Whodini, DMX, Public Enemy, Jay Z, P. Diddy, Destiny Child & Many More.
After an introduction with Al Haymon & Jesse Boseman of Sun Song Productions, event planning, marketing & promotions went to another level. The Brewmaster has taken the responsibility of filling up arenas of 80,000 seats. With Sun Song & Al Haymon, The Brewmaster has successful promoted & marketed The Apollo Theater, The Beacon Theater, Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Giants Stadium, and a few others around the country.