Band Together, a Triangle organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, announced Thursday that StepUp Ministry is its 2015 nonprofit partner.
StepUp Ministry teaches low-income and homeless people to become self-sufficient. StepUp, an interfaith nonprofit, will partner with Band Together on its annual event that has produced as much as $862,000 in net proceeds for the community.
WNCN partners with Band Together each year to help promote the charities.WNCN anchors Penn Holderness and Page Crawford were the hosts of the 2013 event at Koka Booth Ampitheatre in Cary, when Lyle Lovett was the headline act.
"The selection process was not easy this year, since we had many outstanding and worthy nonprofits apply for the 2015 partnership," said Matthew Strickland, executive director of Band Together. "StepUp Ministry appealed to our Board because many families are experiencing unemployment in the Triangle. StepUp is taking the initiative to not only help, but train our citizens in need. Our partnership will have an extremely meaningful impact in our community."
In 2015, Band Together and StepUp plan to surpass the current 2014 goal of raising more than $1 million for Communities In Schools of Wake County and Communities In Schools of Durham. Proceeds raised during the 2015 partnership year will be used to maintain StepUp Raleigh; open a parent organization, StepUp North Carolina; and, open a seed organization, StepUp Durham.
"We love the innovative way in which Band Together serves this community and we are proud to partner with them each year," said Robby Thomas, director of marketing for WNCN. "We know their process is very thorough, so we offer our sincere congratulations to StepUp Ministry."
Steve Swayne, CEO at StepUp, said the partnership will help his organization expand its programs.
"We are pleased to be partnered with Band Together and look forward to seeing the impact we have on the community in 2015," he said.
Band Together has donated almost $3 million to local nonprofits since its inception in 2001. The 2013 Band Together event helped raise $862,000 for Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. In 2014 Band Together hopes to raise more than $1 million for the Band Together partnership with Communities In Schools of Wake County and Communities In Schools of Durham County.
Past nonprofit partners have included Urban Ministries of Wake County, Alliance Medical Ministry, StepUp Ministry, The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, SAFEChild, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and more.