The Hard Rock Cafe is sononimous with music. They hold the largest collection of musical memorabilia in the world.

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But the Hard Rock Cafe is about much more than the collectables on the walls. “Music is a powerful thing,” said Buffalo Music Hall of Fame President Anthony Casuccio. And music is especially powerful when it comes to healing.

On March 15 the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York in conjunction with the Hard Rock Heals Foundation presented a check for $5,000 to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. The Niagara Falls Cafe was chosen out of over 200 Cafes around the world for the award.

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The funds will go toward the BMHOF Musician Medics program which includes the Music to Remember program and the music therapy program at the Veterans Once Stop Center of western New York.

The presentation began appropriately with music from Frank and Gino. And ended with more music from Robin Grandin who also runs the the Music to Remember program for patients with dementia and Alztheimers.

Cara Turner of the Hard Rock Cafe, BMHOF President Anthony Casucci, Musician Medics Program Chairman Richard Sargeant, and Jeff Gramlich of the Veterans One Stop Center all spoke during the event.

The Buffalo Music Hal of Fame honours local musicians not only for their musicianship, but also for their charitable contributions in the area. The BMHOF also endeavours to empower its musicians in those charitable contributions.

The Musician Medics program provides comfort and entertainment for patients in hospitals, children’s hospitals, and for veterans.

The Veterans One Stop Center is a resource and outreach center for veterans that include music rooms where veterans can play or listen to music to aid in healing and recovery.