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Band Together's mission is to raise funds and awareness for select charities through events that showcase and support musical talent.
On September 12th, 2001 five friends met to discuss what instrumental role they could play in responding to the terrors of 9/11. None were firemen. Because they lived in Raleigh, NC, far from where the horrific tragedies occurred, onsite assistance would be an impasse. There were no existing, trusted charitable outlets. Despite these obstacles, they had a deep sense that they could do, and had to do, something. They knew they were not alone in their desire to help as they watched reruns on the news of innocent people jumping to their deaths.
Over the next several weeks, they brought together a group of more than 40 young business leaders from across the Triangle to raise awareness and money for the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. They created an organization called Band Together for Our Heroes. In October, 2001, through their collective efforts, they produced a 4-band event that brought over 1000 people together, raising over $60,000 for NYC and DC Family Relief efforts.
Since then, Band Together has formed a 501c3 non-profit run 100% by volunteer efforts. Other successful events have included raising money and awareness for StepUP Ministry, The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, SAFEchild, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics North Carolina, Operation Smile, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Stop Hunger Now for Tsunami and Haiti Relief, and The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina for local and Gulf Coast Katrina Relief.
The 100's of volunteers, over 17,000 event-goers, and sponsors of Band Together NC have donated over $1,000,000 in NET proceeds to these charities. We are building our annual event to be the largest music festival for charities in North Carolina. The best part ...100% of net proceeds go directly to these charities we serve. We are proud to call the Triangle area home and to have the privilege of serving our community. Please join us.
Band Together has been awarded both the Independent's coveted Citizen's Award and The Association of Fundraising Professional's Special Recognition Award.