Mission & History

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc © 2019.

Our Mission

BeachGlow will use the power of contemporary music and technology to inspire and motivate future generations of patrons to support the advancement of the arts in the Philadelphia region. Join us at the water’s edge. Connect to the BeachGlow movement. Be a ripple that forms a wave, and make a difference in the world.

  • We will provide a platform to feature new or up-and-coming local talent;

  • We will advocate the importance of keeping the arts in educational curriculum;

  • We will help provide the tools needed to make an arts education accessible to all;

  • We will host masterclasses with touring musicians in high school classrooms.

Our History

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc, is a non-profit music festival production company that fundraises for “adopted” charities.  It was founded in 2011 by 16-year-old high school student Dane Kunkel, who realized he had power as a DJ to use music to “speak” to young adults in their language about giving back and helping others.  BeachGlow was incorporated in 2012, trademarked in 2013, and achieved 501(c)(3) status in 2014. When BeachGlow was founded, Dane, CEO, who at the time was in high school, worked virtually alone. Today, BeachGlow has a board of directors, a growing managerial staff, event support staff, and numerous festival volunteers.  All of BeachGlow’s team members are dedicated, smart people who freely and willingly donate their time to a mission in which they firmly believe.  


In the past, Dane has “adopted” causes that have special, personal meaning to him, including Harmony Ministries in Haiti and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  In 2014, Dane chose The American Red Cross to be the recipient of funds raised from BeachGlow Music Festival 2014, in recognition of that organization’s outstanding relief and recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  Fourteen musical acts performed on the world-class Wildwood, New Jersey, beach, to a sold-out crowd of 7,000 young adults, raising $40,000 for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.


In 2015, BeachGlow invited its fans to make charity recommendations in keeping with the sentiments and goal outlined in its mission statement.  The response was overwhelming. We selected Little Kids Rock to be our 2015 charity. We were able to fund 21 school’s music programs in Atlantic City and Philadelphia due to BeachGlow Music Festival 2015.  Even though the event had to be shut down due to dangerous weather conditions, we were able to make a positive impact in our community.


In 2016, we returned to Wildwood, NJ. We had an even bigger and better show than in the past. In 2016, we focused on the experience — your experience. There were many more activities in addition to some amazing live music performances.  As we expanded to two days, we added alternative and pop acts into the mix. Nico & Vinz donated their performance to help raise awareness for music education. Robert Delong, Gazzo, and Synchronice brought out live instrumentation. Our two-day event featured additional headliners Audien and Slander and had a bigger light show; a fireworks display; food, beverage, and merchandise vendors; beach games, and much more!  We brought in sand sculpting and had a sand castle competition. We constructed beach volleyball courts. We brought in sponsor activations from T-Mobile, MetroPCS, NJ Transit, Smirnoff, and many more.  Our body paint team had a line down the beach.


In 2018, we battened down the hatches and embarked on a journey to find buried treasure in Philly.  BeachGlow returns to ports across the land with a series of smaller events to help highlight the buried treasure of musical talent in Philadelphia region.  In 2018 BeachGlow produced 4 small club events to help showcase aspiring talent, raise money to provide scholarships to individuals looking to study the arts, and bring in touring musicians to run masterclasses with high school students.

Expect more exciting events and high school masterclass visits for 2019! 

Our Team

Meet our BeachGlow family: A group of incredibly passionate volunteers who give their time and energy above and beyond their full time employment or schooling, all for charity.

Board of Directors

Dane Kunkel

Gerard Kunkel

Heather Kunkel

Brittany Kunkel

Zenita Henderson

Kevin Miller

Bill Ray

MANAGEMENT

Dane Kunkel

Founder 

Gerard Kunkel

President

Heather Kunkel

Executive Vice President

Brittany Kunkel

VP, Creative & Marketing

Zenita Henderson

VP, Partnership & Partner Marketing

Arleigh MacMaster

Manager, Marketing

Kevin Miller

VP, Technology & IT

Bill Ray

CFO / Treasurer

Stephanie Ritter

Director, Vendors & Volunteers

Cori Shirk

Strategist, Marketing

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION DISCLOSURES

BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc. is a registered non-profit charity with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  BeachGlow's application for tax exempt status, IRS determination letter, and recent tax filings can be downloaded on the right.

Additional information may be requested in writing to BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, Inc., 668 Stony Hill Rd, Suite 365, Yardley, PA 19067 or hello@beachglowevent.com.

IRS Determination Letter

2012 Form 990-N

2013  Form 990-N

2014 Form 990-N

2016 Form 990-N

2015 Form 990-N

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