Concert for a Cause
Local musicians will come together to raise money for a local gun reform group. Concert for a Cause returns to the Nelson Odeon on Friday, May 18, at 8p.m., featuring Skip Murphy and the Merry Pranksters.
NELSON, N.Y. » Local musicians will come together to raise money for a local gun reform group.
Concert for a Cause returns to the Nelson Odeon on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m., featuring SkipMurphy and the Merry Pranksters.
Begun in 2017 at a grassroots initiative led by local advocate Mo Campanie of Bridgeport, Concert for a Cause raises both funds and awareness of local organizations working to benefit the local community.
The May 18 Concert for Cause will raise funds and awareness of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has a chapter in Syracuse. Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Moms Demand Action is a non-partisan grassroots movement, of EveryTown for Gun Safety, with more than 4.5 million supporters and chapters in all 50 states. To learn more, visit www.momsdemandaction.org.
“We’re thrilled that Concert for a Cause is raising funds for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,” said Kevin McClave, co-local group leader for Moms Demand Action Central New York. “The public health crisis that is gun violence in America requires widespread and cohesive solutions. Through human history, few things have beenmore communal than music, and we look forward to sharing those things we have in common.”
“No parent should have a pit in their stomach as they drop their child off to school about whether or not they will see their child again due to gun violence,” said Campanie, a parent of two young children. “This has to end andwemust demand that our politicians and leaders take strong, swift action to protect our children through common
sense gun laws and restriction of access to weapons of war. There are restrictions on the First Amendment; why are we debating restrictions to the Second Amendment that can save the lives of our children?”
“Moms know best. Now, they need our help to end this culture of gun violence,” said band member Skip Murphy. “It is obvious that the government cannot do this alone. I ask that all who can help, please do so. That is why The Merry Pranksters are thrilled to help. Come join us for this concert for a very important cause. Let’s end gun violence now, together.”
In 2017, the Concert for a Cause Series raised awareness of local organizations and approximately $8,000 in funding support. Organizations supported included: Citizens Campaign for the Environment, an organization that works to build widespread citizen understanding and advocacy for policies and actions designed to manage and protect natural resources and public health; Pathways Wellness Center and Samaritan House, both or- ganizations support those with mental health disorders; and Interfaith Works, Center for New Americans program, which provides resettlement and post-resettlement services to help refugee families reestablish their lives and overcome the barriers to successful integration in their new communities.
In 2018, Campanie was awarded the 2018 CNY WomenMakers Award from WCNY for her work on the series.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nelsonodeon.com or the Concert for a Cause Facebook page.