Chords for a Cause on for fifth year

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lumina News file photo 

 Edwin McCain and his band collaborate with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at Chords for a Cause on Oct. 27, 2012 in Trask Coliseum.

In what will be the last Chords for a Cause chaired by cofounder Damian Brezinski, alternative rock band Sister Hazel, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Voyagers, the John T. Hoggard High School choral group, will collaborate to raise money for charity on Sept. 28. 

To be held in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum, Brezinski said one of the causes benefitting from this year’s event will be the Taylor Campbell Burn Clinic initiative. After suffering from severe burns when she was 18 months old, Wilmington native Taylor Campbell was the youngest survivor of a cutting edge burn treatment at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Jaycee Burn Center. Brezinski said the initiative was all about bringing that level of care to southeastern North Carolina. 

“[Campbell] is now 10 years old and her parents and the community wanted to build a Taylor Campbell Burn Clinic in southeastern North Carolina so that those with similar experiences would not have to go back and forth all the way up to the Triangle every two weeks,” Brezinski said. “It is exactly that, an initiative, but we are cautiously optimistic that by September 28 we can remove the initiative tag from the project.”

Another charity that will benefit from this year’s event is Feed the Children, which is an organization that is very close to the Sister Hazel band members, Brezenski said. Representatives from Feed the Children International will be present at the event to talk about the organization’s mission and its adoption program, he said. 

Each year Chords for a Cause has sold-out and Brezinski said the communities of Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina have fully supported the event’s efforts. 

“I think the community buys into it because the music is great, the symphony is wonderful and they want to come see the music. But I think the really fun part is people in the community really feel like there is a spirit of local service there, and we have delivered every year,” he said. “I think that is really what makes it grow, people like having something like that to be a part of.”

Even though this is an encore performance for Sister Hazel and the others, Brezinski said concertgoers would hear an entirely new set list. 

Having chaired the event for five years, Brezinski said he was proud of what it has been able to accomplish and also excited to see what the event may become in the hands of another chairperson next year. 

“You want to make sure it is fresh and different every year, and I think we have managed to do that for five years,” he said. “I do really feel like there are a lot of young, active people who are in Chords for a Cause now who want to see it go in a different direction and I support that.”

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Want to go?

Chords for a Cause pre-show 

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 7-9 p.m. , The Palm Room

Chords for a Cause

Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Trask Coliseum 

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