Styx, Don Felder To Donate Funds From North Carolina Concert To LGBT Charities
May 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM (PT)
STYX and ex-EAGLES guitarist DON FELDER have chosen not to cancel their concert at the KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE in CARY, NC, on WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th, but will donate proceeds from the night to various local charities.
As part of the event, as it is at all STYX shows, a raffle will be held by the band’s own ROCK TO THE RESCUE for one lucky fan to win a guitar signed by the members of STYX as well as DON FELDER. Funds raised as a result of the raffle, as well as ticket sales and donations taken at the venue, will benefit GIRLS ROCK CAMP FOUNDATION, as well as local LGBT charities such as EQUALITY NC (the oldest LGBT rights action group in the U.S.) and The LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH.
As STYX's JAMES “JY” YOUNG explains, “Ever since original bass player CHUCK PANOZZO let the world know that he was gay at the turn of the century, we’ve been incredibly enlightened in regard to LGBT social issues. STYX’s music has always been inclusive for everyone and this is just us doing our small part to continue to be a band that excludes no one from our fan base or our concerts. As humbled stewards of the universal language that music is, we intend to project peace, love and non-exclusion as we always have.”
Added FELDER: “Our nation was founded on liberty and justice for all and should remain the core essence of freedom for all people. I look forward to seeing fans from all walks of life, race, religion and sexual orientation in NORTH CAROLINA. I am proud that we are able to do our part to contribute to organizations fighting for equality.”
Commented EQUALITY NC Director For Advancement MATT HIRSCHY: "We're so grateful for the generous support of STYX and DON FELDER. Our work, at the forefront of repealing HB2, simply couldn't be done without continued investment from amazing artists and entertainers from around the country- and their fans right here in NORTH CAROLINA pitching in to help."
Continued THE LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH Exec. Dir. JAMES MILLER: "Over the past six weeks since HB2 passed (in a special one-day session), the LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH has been working diligently to educate and advocate for our community. As one of the few direct service organizations in the state serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, we take our job extremely seriously because in many cases, it really is LIFE OR DEATH for our community. We are grateful for the amazing reaction from the music world, helping to elevate awareness about equality and justice."