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Band Together NC to hold virtual telethon

Posted July 29, 2020 12:01 p.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2020 3:24 p.m. EDT

— Band Together NC is forgoing its annual concert in favor of a virtual telethon to help benefit nonprofits that promote racial equity.

“Call for Change: Band Together Against Racism" will be broadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 on WRAL, 95.7 THAT Station and live stream platforms. The event is a partnership with the nonprofit and the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

The event will include pre-recorded concerts at local venues including Durham Performing Arts Center and Lincoln Theatre. The list of artists participating will be announced later this week.

"As an organization, Band Together has been dedicated to strengthening our community for 20 years,” Band Together Executive Director Thorne Daubenspeck said. “As racism has become more exposed in so many of our systems, we knew it was time to listen, learn, and use our platform to amplify the voices within our communities of color. We're thankful to partner with an organization as strong as United Way and work alongside them to be allies for change as we continue to grow and constantly educate ourselves moving forward."

The telethon will raise money to support the Anti-Racism Community Fund, which aims to turn nationwide conversation around systemic racism into local action by providing resources to develop Triangle-wide community leadership and investing in anti-racism, systems-level solutions to poverty.

“Our mission at United Way of the Greater Triangle is to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships. We are so proud to partner with Band Together and WRAL in this incredible effort to combat racism in the Triangle,” United Way of the Greater Triangle President and CEO Eric Guckian said. “The data continually tells us that people of color are tragically and disproportionately affected by all aspects of poverty including income, housing, hunger, educational disparities, and health treatment, including for COVID-19. This isn’t a coincidence. You can’t be anti-poverty without also being anti-racist. We have to work together to root out racism in our community.”

Band Together NC usually holds an annual concert dubbed the "Main Event." Previous headliners for that show have included The B-52s, Ben Folds and Hall and Oates.

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