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ROCCO'S KIDNEY TRANSLANT SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 5TH

Our Prayers Have Been Answered!

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A FEW WORDS FROM ROCCO:

Hey everybody, Rocco here. I just wanted to give you an update on what's happening with me. First off I'd like to thank everyone who has either donated to my medical fund or given their time and energy. It is greatly appreciated to say the least!

Today, October 29th, I began the process and the transplant surgery is scheduled for December 5th. I have been cleared for the surgery and after months of testing a compatible donor has been found and we have both gone through the lengthy process of testing and screening and have been given the green light to get this done. After about 3 months of recouperation time I will be rejoining my TOP Brothers back on stage.

For now, I have to go through a series of pre-transplant procedures and prepare for my body to receive this precious gift. I will keep you updated as we get closer to December 5th.

It's hard to find the right words to express how much I appreciate the generosity and love you have shown me so for now I'll just say so long and and I'll see you down the road!!

THANK YOU so much for your support!

Sincerely, ROCCO

A fund has been started to assist with the costs of his kidney transplant. In order to help with the medical expenses that will not be covered by insurance a medical fund, The "HELP ROCCO FUND" has been established. Please consider making a donation so that we can help Rocco to continuing to play Live And In Living Color for many more years to come.

Donations can be made on the web through PayPal, or by regular mail by sending a check. You can donate through Paypal even if you are not a paypal member.Please click on the link below which will take you to the PayPal page that has been set up for Rocco.


BUMP CITY WINE COMPANY RELEASES "BUMP CITY RED"

Roger Smith and the Bump City Wine Company recently hosted the inaugural release and tasting of BUMP CITY RED

 

Tower of Power keyboardist Roger Smith has incorporated his lifelong passion for music and wine by celebrating with his inaugural release of BUMP CITY RED, a select RED BLEND from the premier Sonoma, California wine region.

Since 2008, Roger Smith and his longtime friend and business partner, Mike Smolich, have been making wine under the "Four Couples, Eight Friends" and "Jazz Rosco" labels. Their mutual love for sharing their wine with friends inspired them to open BUMP CITY WINE CO.

Our Sonoma County red blend seeks a harmony of varietals including  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Grown in Sonoma and Mendocino County from lots specifically hand-selected by our winemaker Carolyn Craig for their quality and character.

The ripened grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed with a portion of the whole berries left intact, fermented with inoculated yeasts, and pumped over daily. After completion of fermentation, the wine received a short extended maceration and was gently pressed. Malolactic fermentation followed pressing and the wine was then transferred to French and American oak barrels for aging. The wine was then racked multiple times, yielding a delicate balance of silky fruit and oak complexity.

Bump City Wine is custom crushed at Larson Family Winery, Sonoma, CA.

This Sonoma County red is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, cedar and plum give way to soft red fruit, blackberry, cherry and currants with soft tannins, dark mocha, cranberry, vanilla and hints of fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy with BBQ, pasta, and pizza.

- Roger Smith

Larson Family Winery
23355 Millerick Rd.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-3031

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