Con­cert for a Cause

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

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.

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