TWIST has never been satisfied to sit back and watch the world around him – he has always been driven to make people move. For more than a decade TWIST has been finding ways to combine his talents in music and sports to bring life to his community. Whether coaching pee-wee football in New York or donating his DJ services to charity events for The Special Olympics and New York City service agencies, TWIST constantly strives to give back to others through what he feels are the blessings given to him.
“I appreciate the blessings I’ve been given, both athletically and musically. I feel it’s my duty to take what I’ve been given, and use it to find ways to help others. I hope that on the larger scale, as my DJ popularity grows, so will awareness of the causes I support. Each day more people contribute to my efforts and more money is raised for research against the diseases, or funds to train the gifted athletes of the Special Olympics. If me running a race or performing at an event, allows somebody else to one day run that race or attend an event they otherwise might not have been around for, then it’s no option in my mind but to get that done.”
TWIST participates in triathlons, half marathons and charity walks to raise funds and awareness for The Avon Breast Cancer Foundation and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has already raised thousands of dollars through his campaigns and he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
And in a twist that may surprise some people, despite managing a full time career DJing on an international scale, TWIST’s altruism is not confined to volunteering. Little known to many in the industry, TWIST is also an active New York City Firefighter, making protecting and serving all around him his top priority both day night.
“TWIST, I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for last night. First, the music was great!! I heard positive things all evening. Second, thank you for making the announcements regarding the silent auction. You helped us make nearly ($xxxxx). We’re so appreciative of your support! Once again, thanks for everything!!”
Senior Director of Development, Major Gifts & Foundation Relations
Special Olympics New York
“DJ TWIST and the 95 Group was the perfect entertainment selection for the Young Friends of FOCOS 2010 Spring Charity Event at the Time Warner Center. The music selection was perfect for our fundraiser, and they kept the party going at La Pomme for the official after party. They were a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Young Friends of FOCOS