The Asbury Hotel Raises $36,000 Dollars for Garden State Equality in Memory of Brian Holland

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 24th, 2018
Contact: Colin DeLucca,, 973-509-5428

The Asbury Hotel holds their First Annual “Asbury’s Got Talent” to raise funds for GSE and commemorate the life of Brian Holland

ASBURY PARK, NJ - On Sunday, September 16, The Asbury Hotel held its first annual “Asbury’s Got Talent” raising $36,000 for Garden State Equality (GSE), New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ Organization.

The Funds were donated to honor the life and legacy of Brian Holland, who served as regional director of employee experience at the hotel. Holland, 37, was struck and fatally injured last month at the Sunset Avenue train crossing.

“Garden State Equality was an organization very near and dear to Brian’s heart” Said David Bowd, part-owner and operator of The Asbury Hotel. “The Asbury’s got talent was originally organized by Brian and it was a fitting tribute that we were able to host the evening in his honor with such a tremendous financial outcome for Garden State Equality”

The event was hosted by Skeery Jones from the Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show and yielded donations from Nissan and Vespa Brooklyn.  The talent show displayed an array of talents amongst the The Asbury – Hotel and Lanes – staff members, ranging from broadway showstoppers to Beyonce anthems.

"Garden State Equality is so grateful for the efforts of Larry Dembrun, David Bowd, and the entire staff at The Asbury in putting together Sunday’s benefit,” Said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of GSE. “We were overjoyed by the turnout and all the incredible talent that graced the stage! A huge thank you to everyone involved in making this such a special night and to all who came out to celebrate the life & legacy of Brian Holland. Garden State Equality would be nothing without such incredible individuals like Brian who support and believe in our cause."

The funds raised at “Asbury’s Got Talent” will support the work GSE is doing in the areas of policy, education, and health. Every day, their team is busy advocating for the LGBTQ community in New Jersey and offering programs that can serve as models for other states, agencies, and organizations. The success of “Asbury’s Got Talent” will extend GSE’s reach in schools, youth organizations, policy, local ordinances, healthcare, and housing.