Save the 'Cave!

$7,740 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 103 people in 5 months
Amy Yates Wuelfing
on behalf of Randy Ellis
 BORDENTOWN, NJ

Randy Now is a very important person in my life.  Two years ago I published No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes, an oral history of 80’s-era alternative and punk rock music told through the portal of one club—Trenton, New Jersey’s legendary City Gardens. The book revolves around the one man responsible for putting City Gardens on the map - DJ and promoter Randy “Now” Ellis. He discovered new acts, booked bands, promoted the shows and—when need be—acted as host, security guard, bouncer, bartender, bus driver and babysitter.

Randy has spent over 30 years in the music business booking bands, promoting shows and acting as a tastemaker.  He has worked with some of the most prominent names in alternative music including The Ramones, The Replacements, Nirvana, REM and New Order.

Because of his love for music, Randy has always been a promoter and champion of underground music. He books and promotes shows to this day and is still in touch with many of the bands he worked with in the 80’s and 90’s. 

Several years ago, he opened the store Mancave  in Bordentown NJ. The Mancave sells vinyl, CDs, collectables and all manner of rock n’ roll paraphernalia. However, like all mom and pop stores, it’s hard to make ends meet, especially during a hot summer with extended heatwaves. Randy regularly holds events and concerts that lose money, but he continues to do them to support the scene and the other businesses in town. Randy’s enthusiasm and goodwill is wonderful – but it doesn’t pay the rent.  As a result, he has fallen behind on a few essential bills – like utilities, insurance and payments to vendors. As Johnny Rotten would say, “Bloody hell!”

This fundraiser to get Randy over the hump so he can continue to keep the store open, hold concerts, book signings, and other events, and keep the punk rock ethos alive and well in New Jersey.  We have some fun and creative rewards, so please help us any way you can!

And visit the Mancave website: mancavenj.com
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Update 3
Posted by Amy Yates Wuelfing
4 months ago
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Everyone - Randy wants to thank everyone who donated from the bottom of his heart! It's like Christmas came early! Randy will also be appearing with my co-author Steven and me at the Trenton Library on October 22 at 2PM so drop by and he can thank you in person. Randy was also contacted by a gentleman from the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association (MAPACA). The are holding a conference on November 3-5, 2016 in Atlantic City. Randy is receiving the Divine Impact Award for being an individual who has had an impact on local and nation-wide culture!! So things are looking up! All this positive energy has really lifted his spirits - and knowing how many people care about him. Peace and blessings for everyone!
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Update 2
Posted by Amy Yates Wuelfing
4 months ago
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Yesterday Randy's celebrated his 60th birthday at the Mancave. A good time was had by all. Today, he is in surgery getting his cataracts fixed. Thank you to everyone who has helped with this campaign! Randy appreciates each and every person who has helped out. It's wonderful to see all the great times he has given us over the years aren't forgotten.
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Update 1
Posted by Amy Yates Wuelfing
5 months ago
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Update from Randy: I am so shocked, and of course happy, that so many people have shown an interest and genuinely care for The Man Cave Store's survival. I am overwhelmed and short on words right now, but it can be summed up with a heartfelt THANK YOU for everyone's involvement and support.
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Randy Ellis
4 months ago
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You have to love this reason for giving to SAVE THE CAVE. City Gardens bouncer TODD LINN - "" Here is the money for those two girls I let into a Ramones show in 1988"" LOL !

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Lora McQueen
5 months ago
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Thanks for setting this up, Amy!

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Randy Ellis
1 month ago

We're in the dead of winter now - the hardest time of the year for a small town retail store to survive. If you've been thinking about contributing but haven't, I'd love to see ten different people all donate just ten dollars each, as opposed to just one One Hundred Dollar Donation. Small can be better ! XOXOX Randy

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Randy Ellis
4 months ago

Here is information on the 1977 VW Beetle as a part of the Go-Fund-Me Campaign to "SAVE - THE - CAVE" http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/5838718160.html

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$7,740 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 103 people in 5 months
Created September 21, 2016
Amy Yates Wuelfing  
on behalf of Randy Ellis
MH
$500
mark huber
20 days ago

still trying to help!

DE
$100
Dr Denise Evans
1 month ago

Great new Randy that you are able to continue your passion and share your talents with out town. Properly fueled will be opening soon and I e got some great ideas that we mights want to collaborate on together. Looking forward to sticking together to keep Bordentown moving forward.

TM
$25
Tracey Martin
1 month ago

Good luck!

$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
MK
$10
Mike Kelly
1 month ago
JD
$10
Jenny DeSantis
1 month ago
JK
$25
Jason Kresge
1 month ago
ES
$25
Erica Shellenberger
2 months ago

Happy Christmas, Randy! May you win your fight in 2017 and have lots of great live music in the Man Cave!

$25
Dale Battaglia
2 months ago
RS
$50
Randolph Singer
2 months ago
Randy Ellis
4 months ago
2
2

You have to love this reason for giving to SAVE THE CAVE. City Gardens bouncer TODD LINN - "" Here is the money for those two girls I let into a Ramones show in 1988"" LOL !

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Lora McQueen
5 months ago
2
2

Thanks for setting this up, Amy!

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Randy Ellis
1 month ago

We're in the dead of winter now - the hardest time of the year for a small town retail store to survive. If you've been thinking about contributing but haven't, I'd love to see ten different people all donate just ten dollars each, as opposed to just one One Hundred Dollar Donation. Small can be better ! XOXOX Randy

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Randy Ellis
4 months ago

Here is information on the 1977 VW Beetle as a part of the Go-Fund-Me Campaign to "SAVE - THE - CAVE" http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/5838718160.html

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