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June 1111:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Walpack Inn, , , ,

The Ambrosino Family have been integral members of the Sussex County and Northwest New Jersey residential and commercial communities for nearly a century. Rob was a multi-sport star at Sparta High School, took his talents to the University of Delaware where he assisted the Fightin’ Blue Hens to conference championships and playoff berths, returned to his hometown and helped grow his family’s business Jerry’s Seafood Market. Eventually, he turned his attention to education and coaching. Rob was a teacher and a coach at Sparta High School and for the past decade at Dover High School. He shared his enthusiasm and love of teaching and coaching with thousands of young people over the past decades. Rob was also a local celebrity bringing his amazing musical talent to the public in many forms. Tragically, Rob was taken from his family, friends, and communities in September 2021. Yet even in death, Rob continued to give: he was an organ donor and to this point, his organs have been shared with 4 people. His story was so big that even People Magazine covered it.

On October 31st of last year, Rob was celebrated both at Sparta High School’s Football field and Lake Mohawk Country Club. Despite it being a powerful unifying event, it seemed to feel it wasn’t enough to honor Rob’s memory. Around the 1st week of January, I called Rob’s wife Kristina (whom I know very well), to ask for her blessing in doing a bigger event to pay tribute to Rob and all of his many contributions to his communities. My team is composed of mostly Rob’s friends who knew him best that have been working on a music fundraiser to raise money for scholarships in Rob’s name that will be given to selected exceptional students pursuing careers in the arts and athletics. These eventual scholarships will be awarded to students who attend both Dover and/or Sparta High Schools respectfully due to Rob teaching, coaching, and mentoring at both during the course of his life. The event will be called AmbroPalooza, since Rob celebrated life like a concert; fun for all involved. We just recently launched our website and social media pages. Bands, guest speakers, and celebrity guests will be announced during the course of the next 2 months before the day of the event. AmbroPalooza will take place at The Walpack Inn in Layton NJ Saturday June 11th (Rain Date Sunday June 12th), from 11AM – 10PM.