Battle of the Bands to benefit East Durham Children’s Initiative

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

The Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands returns Sept. 21 and will benefit the East Durham Children’s Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a pipeline of high-quality programs and services to help children living in east Durham succeed.
McKinney, hosting the event for a seventh year, is urging Triangle businesses with a taste for rock ’n’ roll to enlist and join the battle by signing up to perform. Bands will be allowed entry into the battle on a first-come, first-served basis. Bands that sign up before July 15 can take advantage of the “early bird special” and register at a reduced price ($2,000; $2,500 after July 15). Each band must have a minimum of three members and a maximum of 10. Bands may have a member or members from a client or an associate company, but the majority of the band members must be on the company’s payroll.
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EDCI is modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone and consists of community members and partner organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children in east Durham. Research conducted by Duke University’s Children’s Environmental Health Initiative identified a 120-block section of east Durham as one of the most distressed neighborhoods in the area. EDCI provides support to the children in this area, beginning at birth and continuing through high school to prepare them for college or a career.
“As this year's Battle of the Bands beneficiary, we look forward to growing additional partnerships with Triangle organizations and stakeholders,” said David Reese, executive director of EDCI. “Proceeds from the event will support a pipeline of quality services that reduce obstacles between East Durham children and their academic and social success."
“This year we battle to break the cyclical nature of poverty by supporting the dynamic work of EDCI,” said McKinney Chief Operating Officer Joni Madison. “Their approach of focusing on a specific area, partnering with a variety of public and private partners, and all the while filling critical service gaps is a model that is sustainable and replicable anywhere in the country.” 
The Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands has raised more than half a million dollars for Durham charities and nonprofits since the inaugural battle in 2006. Past events have showcased corporate bands hailing from all corners of the Triangle who have rocked the American Tobacco Campus stage.