Chords for a Cause supports local and global charities

by Pam Creech
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Damian Brezinski, president and cofounder of Chords for a Cause, will announce a new president for the nonprofit organization on Sept. 28 at the fifth annual Chords for a Cause concert.

Music has always been important to Damian Brezinski. 

“I grew up playing guitar. It was very much a part of my life,” Brezenski said. “I’ve been a musician much longer than I’ve been a doctor.”

As cofounder of Chords for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that supports charities by organizing a concert each fall, Brezinski uses his passion for music to benefit the community. 

This year’s sold out concert will be held in the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium on Sept. 28. Sister Hazel, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Voyagers choral group of John T. Hoggard High School will put on a show people of all ages can enjoy.

The concert supports the Taylor Campbell South Eastern Burn Clinic Initiative. When Campbell of Wilmington was 18 months old, she suffered from severe burns and received treatment at the University of North Carolina’s Jaycee Burn Center.  

Nearly nine years later, Campbell’s family and community are working to build a Taylor Campbell Burn Clinic in southeastern North Carolina so other burn victims in the area will not have to drive several hours to get treatment. 

“We are in the process of helping them with their medical initiative,” Brezinski said.

This year’s proceeds also support Feed the Children, a relief agency that distributes food and provides healthcare for impoverished people around the world. Recently, Sister Hazel partnered with Feed the Children by sponsoring 221 children in Los Laurales, Honduras. The band encourages its fans to become sponsors.

DVDs from Chords for a Cause will be available shortly after the show. Sales will benefit Feed the Children International. 

“It will be our first DVD experience, shot in high def.,” Brezinski said.

The show will also benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Sunshine Camp, which helps children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The five-day summer session and one-day Saturday session allow children to heal by playing and making crafts.

To excite the community excited about the concert, the Room hosted a Chords for a Cause Applause Party, on Aug. 28 and raised $2,000. Guests enjoyed signature Cocktails for a Cause and live music provided by the Milenia Funk’n Band. 

Though Chords for a Cause has flourished under Brezinski’s leadership throughout the past five years, he is ready to pass the torch.

“We will announce the new president at the show,” he said. “It’s been an honor to work with the amazing people in Chords for a Cause.”

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