In memory of AJ Cina: Concert benefits youth organizations

A concert in honor of AJ Cina, the Weston boy killed in a tragic bicycle accident in Wilton last year, will benefit two youth organizations. Laughin’ Bones, a cover band that plays primarily Grateful Dead tunes, will perform Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m., at Merwin Meadows Park on Lovers Lane. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket or chairs.

The concert is sponsored by the AJ Cina Memorial Fund and will support Full Court Peace and Domus. The Cina foundation’s goal is “to help children learn and grow, play and have fun, primarily through our efforts to improve community youth sports experiences in less privileged areas.”

Full Court Peace ( works to “unite, strengthen and educate local and global communities through the creation of youth basketball teams and basketball systems,” according to its website. The organization was started in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2007 and is now based in Norwalk, Conn. It renovated a basketball court in Cuba in AJ’s memory.

Domus ( works with over 1,000 vulnerable, traumatized youth to help them get on the path to productive, happy adulthoods through our schools, group homes, and community programs. According to chief of staff Garland Walton, the concert will support the organization’s Trafigura Work & Learn Business Center, “which helps youth build hard and soft employment skills so they can get and keep a job and be productive members of our communities’ workforces. Youth are paid to attend and spend half their time gaining skills such as woodworking, culinary skills, and small engine repair; the other half of the time they’re working on communication, interviewing, daily interactions, appropriate dress, and more. Our youth also repair and refurbish used bikes; those bikes are then given to low-income youth and adults so they have reliable transportation to and from school and jobs.”

The organization, based in Stamford, “is incredibly grateful” for the foundation’s support, Ms. Walton said.

There is a suggested donation of $50 per person or $175 per family of four, although a press release said “no donation is too large or too small.” Concert-goers may register at under the events tab and bring their receipt to the concert. Donations will also be taken at the event.