Jack’s Fund

$61,369 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 714 people in 35 months
Doreen Walsh
on behalf of Marilyn Scarnici
 CAMBRIDGE, MA
We’re raising money for Jack Silbert and his family while he is in the hospital battling a serious illness. Please contribute whatever you can to help our favorite writer, editor, and bon vivant get through a difficult time.

Share this page with everyone who knows and loves Jack. Whatever support you can provide, financial and otherwise, is much appreciated.

The funds will be used to cover medical costs not covered by insurance, to help get Jack's parents set up with a temporary living situation while they help him heal and to help cover any day to day bills Jack may have while recovering. 

For those of you who don't know me, I am old friend of Jacks from back in the Scholastic days and I currently live in the Boston area. The idea for this fund came from the Scholastic team past and present who love Jack . I volunteered to manage it as I am not in the NJ area and able to offer hands on help. 

Update to our camapaign description. The funds will be withdrawn by Jack's father, Alan Silbert, in care of Jack. Thank you so much Marilyn (Jack's sister) for putting this into motion.
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Hi Friends of Jack

Exciting news!

Here’s your chance to live out the dream of singing on stage with the band. The Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Review has set up SING AN IRISH CLASSIC FOR JACK contest. With just a 10$ donation to Jack’s Fund your name will be entered and you’ll have a chance to win and sing this Saturday at the show.

Rumor has it that both Jack and Jim McMahon (aka: Mapman) will be in attendance. They haven’t missed this show in 19 years so why stop now? Can’t make the show? Donate anyway and help Jack in his recovery and rehabilitation.

Find all the details below in a message from Joe Hurley.

“Fancy singing onstage at The Irish Rock Revue while backed up by the incredible All-Star Irish Rock Review Band?

Well, now's your chance!

Enter SING AN IRISH CLASSIC FOR JACK and you could find yourself doing just that, on Saturday, March 11th at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.

The 19th Annual All Star Irish Rock Review is fundraising for our great pal Jack Silbert. Each $10 Donation to Jack’s Fund on gofundme gets your name in the hat.

The winner will be pulled next Saturday night and led onto the stage. The song will be a surprise, but you'll know it! (lyric sheet provided).

To enter your donation message on Jack’s Fund write ”Star of The IRR''. Donate as many $10 donations as you like—increase your chance of winning! One hundred percent of all proceeds will go directly to Jack to aid him in his recovery & rehabilitation. "

Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Review

“A beloved NYC institution since 1999 Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock-A-Palooza receives rave reviews every year as the biggest St Pat's party in town. Hurley himself is revered for his soulful baritone" —New York Magazine

Saturday March 11th
1-Night-Only!
All-Ages Show!
Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St,
New York, NY 10011

Tickets on Sale Now.
http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/7097385/highline

Find us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/829931197147805/
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Hi Everyone.
If you want your name in the hat for Saturday please add ”Star of The IRR'' to your donation message so Joe will know which names add.

Thanks!
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Hi Friends of Jack

Exciting news!

Here’s your chance to live out the dream of singing on stage with the band. The Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Review has set up SING AN IRISH CLASSIC FOR JACK contest. With just a 10$ donation to Jack’s Fund your name will be entered and you’ll have a chance to win and sing this Saturday at the show.

Rumor has it that both Jack and Jim McMahon (aka: Mapman) will be in attendance. They haven’t missed this show in 19 years so why stop now? Can’t make the show? Donate anyway and help Jack in his recovery and rehabilitation.

Find all the details below in a message from Joe Hurley.

“Fancy singing onstage at The Irish Rock Revue while backed up by the incredible All-Star Irish Rock Review Band?

Well, now's your chance!

Enter SING AN IRISH CLASSIC FOR JACK and you could find yourself doing just that, on Saturday, March 11th at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.

The 19th Annual All Star Irish Rock Review is fundraising for our great pal Jack Silbert. Each $10 Donation to Jack’s Fund on gofundme gets your name in the hat.

The winner will be pulled next Saturday night and led onto the stage. The song will be a surprise, but you'll know it! (lyric sheet provided).

To enter your donation message on Jack’s Fund write ”Star of The IRR''. Donate as many $10 donations as you like—increase your chance of winning! One hundred percent of all proceeds will go directly to Jack to aid him in his recovery & rehabilitation. "

Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Review

“A beloved NYC institution since 1999 Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock-A-Palooza receives rave reviews every year as the biggest St Pat's party in town. Hurley himself is revered for his soulful baritone" —New York Magazine

Saturday March 11th
1-Night-Only!
All-Ages Show!
Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St,
New York, NY 10011

Tickets on Sale Now.
http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/7097385/highline

Find us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/829931197147805/
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Hello Friends of Jack!

We're raising the bar and setting the goal at 75k! I know we can do this!

Jack is recovering well but there is a long road of rehab ahead and the medical expenses that come along with that.

Last weekend the music community held a fundraiser at WFMu's Monty Hall. Wildly successful, sold out, and reviewed by Jack himself: "In 1970, the band Insect Trust put out an album entitled Hoboken Saturday Night. Well, this past Saturday night, Hoboken came through for me in a big way. Some background info: Complications from abdominal surgery at summer’s end left me a double “below the knee” amputee. (Just in case you were wondering why I didn’t run in the Hoboken 5K this past fall.) After three and a half months of hospitalization and rehab, I returned to my Hoboken apartment in mid-December.

Musician friends planned a benefit concert to help with my ever-growing medical expenses (Please please please don’t repeal the ACA.). The event was to be held at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City. “I’d really like to attend that event,” I thought to myself, “but… how?” Living in a 4th floor walk-up, I’ve basically been stuck up here like Rapunzel, with worse hair. To my rescue came the wonderful people of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. A friendly crew safely and professionally carried me, and my wheelchair, down the stairs — including the tricky curved one at the bottom. Later, an equally great overnight crew picked me up at the venue and swiftly delivered me back to my apartment."

Read the full review here: http://hmag.com/music-mensches-locals-rally-around-longtime-hoboken-resident-jack-silbert-wfmu-benefit-concert/

I'm continually amazed by Jacks courage and perseverance and not at all surprised by the incredible outpouring of love and support.

Let's make this new goal happen!

Love
Doreen and the Scholastic crew.
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Diane Webber-Thrush
35 months ago
8
8

I can almost hear Jack's chuckle at the fact that he is "trending." And Jack, the Math Magazine editor, appreciates that if you round up, we are halfway to the goal after five hours. Sending love, light and healing thoughts Jack.

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Suzanne Warwick Freeman
35 months ago
5
5

Jack, Finally heard back from Rick Perry. Now that he has been booted off Dancing with the Stars, he has had time to reinstate your status as an honorary Texan. I know, it's taken only about 12 years for me to get over the loss of my Don't Mess with Texas coffee cup and you hiring away one of my top staff prospects. At least you replaced the coffee cup. :) Suzanne

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David Goddy
35 months ago
5
5

Jack, so glad to hear that you are getting better. You are the the true MC and talk show host of classroom mags. We eagerly await your arch commentary!

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Matt Friedman
35 months ago
5
5

Uh, hello, Jack? I read something about being able to leave you a message here. Is this thing on? Hello? Hello? < Click>

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Mona Chiang
35 months ago
5
5

I heard that Jack might be getting the messages left here. Just thought I'd post something to cheer him up. So, Dad . . . I don't remember why we started calling each other "Father" and "Daughter." But it worked for almost two decades, so I intend to continue as normal for the next 50 years. Anyway . . . I'm writing you from Walnut Creek, CA, your childhood hometown. I looked around. I don't see any walnuts. No creek either. But I do spot an In-n-Out Burger just outside of town. Please get well soon. I need you to show up here one day so we can order the strangest combos off their secret menu. Plus I owe you a pile of hand turkey drawings. A giant pile!!! Love, Daughter (and Yoda, too!)

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Wendy Cole Klein
35 months ago
5
5

It is absolutely amazing and incredible how many friends have reached out to help Jack and his family. In spite of the stress his parents are dealing with, it must be very comforting to them to see how much Jack is liked, loved and respected ...how many lives he has touched and influenced. I am proud and honored to be included among his many friends with you all. We once worked together at Scholastic and our friendship has continued thru the years in spite of the fact that I am a diehard Red Sox fan and he a Yankee. I look forward to the day when he is on the road to recovery and gets to see all your tributes, notes, love and affection. That alone will continue the healing process and he will be back among us as the Jack we know. :) We're waiting for you Jack... Wendy Cole Klein

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Michael F Nolan
35 months ago
4
4

Jack, as someone who's experienced adversity -- as well as the generosity of friends and family on GFM, I'll say this: don't respond individually with messages of thanks. That's not why people are giving. One broad message is sufficient. (Yes, all of us, and agreed that I'd speak for everyone on this. Even folks who haven't yet chipped in. So stand up, and stand down.)

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Marian Irene
35 months ago
4
4

a big thank you to SCHOLASTIC for their "Anonymous" donation........get better real soon Jack........

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Audrey Pavey
35 months ago
4
4

Good news, Jack! Leon Russell will be at the Hoboken Festival in the Spring, so we can see him there on May 7th! I need the Aquarium back so you can introduce me to more songs and artists that I don’t know. Also: The Mets and Yankees are both still competing for a wild-card spot in their divisions, so a Subway World Series could happen! I miss you so much and I’m thinking of you every day. Please get well soon and say Hi to Cousin Joan. Love, Audge

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Lisa Feder-Feitel
35 months ago
4
4

Love and hugs to one of my (and so many others') favorite people on the planet! Can't wait to celebrate your complete recovery!

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Gabrielle Polt Balkan
35 months ago
4
4

AIDS Walk, Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, New York Cares School Day, CERT, these events that Jack has always been a mighty part of and the photos his dear friends are sharing. Of course the man who gives so much has so many friends who have already contributed to his medical fund in just two hours. Way to go Jack's People.

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Jeanna Bryner
35 months ago
3
3

Hi Jack. I'm really sorry you are sick. I have such fond memories of you from Scholastic. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It's amazing to see how many people care so deeply for you. Jeanna

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Samantha Henderson
35 months ago
3
3

Hi, Jackster! AKA, Boss. Hurry up and get better so we can go for burgers soon. Maybe even a destination burger...... xoxoxo

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Eileen Connick- Wiseman
35 months ago
3
3

No matter what I write, it could never begin to tell you how hard the boys and I are pulling for you.

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Amarelo Diez
35 months ago
3
3

We love you Jack, keep fighting, you got this!!!!!

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Gabrielle Polt Balkan
35 months ago
3
3

If you'd like to stay posted: add your contact info here: http://bit.ly/JackS_Updates I'm not sure when we'll get an update out, but we'll collect your info now!

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Ellen Winkler Buchsbaum
34 months ago
2
2

Great news! Very fitting, it being the Yom Kippur and all...a new year, a new place to get better. Thanks for sharing!

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Mary Harvey
35 months ago
2
2

I wish we could raise a googol dollars for this man. Make that a googolplex. (For the math folks out there.) Jack, you deserve it, and so much more. I'm really thinking of you and that smile and laugh of yours, and sending you big hugs.

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Suzanne Warwick Freeman
35 months ago
2
2

Jack, please play me some Willie Nelson! Love you! Suzanne

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Alexis Burling
35 months ago
1
1

Jack! I'm glad you're cutting out this nonsense and feeling a little better because I'm coming to NYC again over the December holidays and it would just NOT be the same if we couldn't hang out and goof off and crack jokes and eat free pizza. Plus, Blue Jacket needs you. A shout out to all of your amazing family, friends, Scholastic colleagues, and fellow troubadours. I bet I can speak for everyone, Jack, and say we're pleased as punch that you're around. xx

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$50
Tom Gallo
17 months ago

Hi Jack - sorry we couldn't make it last night. We love you!!! Tom & Pooja

$50
Anonymous
17 months ago
$100
Meghan McKenna
17 months ago

You’re the best Jack! Love Meghan and Jim 423 Adams

$10
Allison Ofanansky
17 months ago

Wish I could be at the show. Enjoy and hope you continue to heal & gain strength day by day

$100
Anonymous
17 months ago
PJ
$100
Paige Jasaitis
17 months ago
AW
$20
Andrew Woodall
17 months ago

A little to soon for me to be heading back to NJ, Jack. Hope this helps.

MS
$50
Michael Shelley
17 months ago
LO
$50
Lysa Opfer
20 months ago

With love, Lysa & Nick

LA
$50
Linda Antonucco
20 months ago
Diane Webber-Thrush
35 months ago
8
8

I can almost hear Jack's chuckle at the fact that he is "trending." And Jack, the Math Magazine editor, appreciates that if you round up, we are halfway to the goal after five hours. Sending love, light and healing thoughts Jack.

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Suzanne Warwick Freeman
35 months ago
5
5

Jack, Finally heard back from Rick Perry. Now that he has been booted off Dancing with the Stars, he has had time to reinstate your status as an honorary Texan. I know, it's taken only about 12 years for me to get over the loss of my Don't Mess with Texas coffee cup and you hiring away one of my top staff prospects. At least you replaced the coffee cup. :) Suzanne

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David Goddy
35 months ago
5
5

Jack, so glad to hear that you are getting better. You are the the true MC and talk show host of classroom mags. We eagerly await your arch commentary!

+ Read More
Matt Friedman
35 months ago
5
5

Uh, hello, Jack? I read something about being able to leave you a message here. Is this thing on? Hello? Hello? < Click>

+ Read More
Mona Chiang
35 months ago
5
5

I heard that Jack might be getting the messages left here. Just thought I'd post something to cheer him up. So, Dad . . . I don't remember why we started calling each other "Father" and "Daughter." But it worked for almost two decades, so I intend to continue as normal for the next 50 years. Anyway . . . I'm writing you from Walnut Creek, CA, your childhood hometown. I looked around. I don't see any walnuts. No creek either. But I do spot an In-n-Out Burger just outside of town. Please get well soon. I need you to show up here one day so we can order the strangest combos off their secret menu. Plus I owe you a pile of hand turkey drawings. A giant pile!!! Love, Daughter (and Yoda, too!)

+ Read More
Wendy Cole Klein
35 months ago
5
5

It is absolutely amazing and incredible how many friends have reached out to help Jack and his family. In spite of the stress his parents are dealing with, it must be very comforting to them to see how much Jack is liked, loved and respected ...how many lives he has touched and influenced. I am proud and honored to be included among his many friends with you all. We once worked together at Scholastic and our friendship has continued thru the years in spite of the fact that I am a diehard Red Sox fan and he a Yankee. I look forward to the day when he is on the road to recovery and gets to see all your tributes, notes, love and affection. That alone will continue the healing process and he will be back among us as the Jack we know. :) We're waiting for you Jack... Wendy Cole Klein

+ Read More
Michael F Nolan
35 months ago
4
4

Jack, as someone who's experienced adversity -- as well as the generosity of friends and family on GFM, I'll say this: don't respond individually with messages of thanks. That's not why people are giving. One broad message is sufficient. (Yes, all of us, and agreed that I'd speak for everyone on this. Even folks who haven't yet chipped in. So stand up, and stand down.)

+ Read More
Marian Irene
35 months ago
4
4

a big thank you to SCHOLASTIC for their "Anonymous" donation........get better real soon Jack........

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Audrey Pavey
35 months ago
4
4

Good news, Jack! Leon Russell will be at the Hoboken Festival in the Spring, so we can see him there on May 7th! I need the Aquarium back so you can introduce me to more songs and artists that I don’t know. Also: The Mets and Yankees are both still competing for a wild-card spot in their divisions, so a Subway World Series could happen! I miss you so much and I’m thinking of you every day. Please get well soon and say Hi to Cousin Joan. Love, Audge

+ Read More
Lisa Feder-Feitel
35 months ago
4
4

Love and hugs to one of my (and so many others') favorite people on the planet! Can't wait to celebrate your complete recovery!

+ Read More
Gabrielle Polt Balkan
35 months ago
4
4

AIDS Walk, Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, New York Cares School Day, CERT, these events that Jack has always been a mighty part of and the photos his dear friends are sharing. Of course the man who gives so much has so many friends who have already contributed to his medical fund in just two hours. Way to go Jack's People.

+ Read More
Jeanna Bryner
35 months ago
3
3

Hi Jack. I'm really sorry you are sick. I have such fond memories of you from Scholastic. You are in my thoughts and prayers. It's amazing to see how many people care so deeply for you. Jeanna

+ Read More
Samantha Henderson
35 months ago
3
3

Hi, Jackster! AKA, Boss. Hurry up and get better so we can go for burgers soon. Maybe even a destination burger...... xoxoxo

+ Read More
Eileen Connick- Wiseman
35 months ago
3
3

No matter what I write, it could never begin to tell you how hard the boys and I are pulling for you.

+ Read More
Amarelo Diez
35 months ago
3
3

We love you Jack, keep fighting, you got this!!!!!

+ Read More
Gabrielle Polt Balkan
35 months ago
3
3

If you'd like to stay posted: add your contact info here: http://bit.ly/JackS_Updates I'm not sure when we'll get an update out, but we'll collect your info now!

+ Read More
Ellen Winkler Buchsbaum
34 months ago
2
2

Great news! Very fitting, it being the Yom Kippur and all...a new year, a new place to get better. Thanks for sharing!

+ Read More
Mary Harvey
35 months ago
2
2

I wish we could raise a googol dollars for this man. Make that a googolplex. (For the math folks out there.) Jack, you deserve it, and so much more. I'm really thinking of you and that smile and laugh of yours, and sending you big hugs.

+ Read More
Suzanne Warwick Freeman
35 months ago
2
2

Jack, please play me some Willie Nelson! Love you! Suzanne

+ Read More
Alexis Burling
35 months ago
1
1

Jack! I'm glad you're cutting out this nonsense and feeling a little better because I'm coming to NYC again over the December holidays and it would just NOT be the same if we couldn't hang out and goof off and crack jokes and eat free pizza. Plus, Blue Jacket needs you. A shout out to all of your amazing family, friends, Scholastic colleagues, and fellow troubadours. I bet I can speak for everyone, Jack, and say we're pleased as punch that you're around. xx

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