From the The Chairman of the Fund

We do a lot to improve life for the children in need!

I have been incredibly fortunate in my life to never have to experience the difficulties I see in the world every day. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a child with special needs, let alone raising one. The Elks have been running their Special Needs Children's Fund since the 1940's. The organization has done amazing things and with our efforts, they are able to do more..

With that desire in my heart, I preside over Hoboken All Star Music Jam. We’re all looking to make a difference in our world and I believe that by focusing on the children, we’re going to make the most substantial impact. The world is made up of these important social connections and if you foster them positively, they’ll pay huge dividends - in love, care, and a better world.

Michael Tagleiri


The Team

Michael Tagleiri



Michael has been on the Hoboken music scene for 40+ years. Classically trained with Buddy Rich, he has that fusion progressive rock roots that heavily influence his style as a drummer. He has been a part of the Elks Lodge for years, came up with the concept and launched the Hoboken All Star Music Jam organization in late 2014. 

John Vincent Olsen


Co-Chairman and Musical Director  

John, co-founder and co-chairman of the Hoboken All Star Music Jam foundation, is a founding member and the front man of Krystal. This band came up in the mid ‘70s and was a major influence in Rock and Roll in Hoboken. Through the years, Krystal has released multiple albums, shared their talents with the many charity events throughout the town, and continue to influence several generations. John brings his many talents to the foundation and produces and directs the entire lineup, making sure that the show is always bigger and better each time... 

Joseph J. Hand


Director of Sales & Marketing

Joe has been part of the Hoboken music scene since his early teenage years, but on the back end, as the sound engineer for several local bands. Fast forward to today, Joe is the singer of a Jersey Shore Classic Rock band called Mad Man Moon and works in the High Tech world of Storage Software. He is a founding member of the Hoboken All Star Music Jam and a driving force when it comes to all things that make this such a success, bringing to bear his 20 years of Sales and Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and organizational skills to the team to run the campaigns that make these events possible. 

Elizabeth Romano



Liz was born and raised in Hoboken. She was recently named The Elks 2016 Hoboken Italian Woman of the Year and has been a proud member of the
Hoboken Elks Lodge #74 for 16 years. She has been instrumental for the last 3 years working with the committee to help with logistics that has raised thousands of dollars for The children with special needs. A cause that she holds dear to her heart. Her mantra is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well"