For the 10th year in a row, Trinityâ€™s Gamma Chi Delta sorority will host the annual Concert for the Cure, which has raised $150,000 over the years to benefit children with cancer.
Concert for the Cure is the Gammasâ€™s annual fundraiser, held at Cowboys Dancehall. This year, Trinity alumnus Aaron Einhouse will be opening the concert, followed by featured Texas country singer, Kevin Fowler. Â Kimberly Siu, a senior and Gamma event co-chair, encourages students to give back while having fun.
â€œIâ€™ve always been big on doing things to give back to the community, and I know Trinity really promotes community service,â€ Siu said. â€œTrinity students also like to have fun. At Concert for the Cure you get to have fun and help other people have fun, too.â€
Proceeds from Concert for the Cure benefits Camp Discovery, which is a summer camp in Kerrville, Texas, for children ages seven to 16 who are in remission for or who have cancer. Â The camp is free for the children and is run by volunteers, so fundraisers such as the concert are what help make the childrenâ€™s experience possible.
â€œIt is amazing,â€ said Johnny Primomo, Camp Discovery co-director. â€œEven when they have recovered from the cancer, they often have physical manifestations and scars; they get treated differently. At camp they know they are around kids just like themselves. They build confidence and independence while at the camp with other children. It becomes a home away from home.â€
The Gamma Chi Delta sorority has a personal connection with Camp Discovery through a Gamma and Trinity alumna, Amy Walton, who attended the camp as a child after surviving childhood leukemia. She helped connect the two organizations during her time as a student at Trinity and was part of the inaugural Concert for the Cure in 2005.
â€œA fellow Gamma and I had the idea to host a benefit concert featuring Texas musicians,â€ Walton said via email. â€œIt has certainly come a long way. It means a lot to me that Gammas have continued to support Camp Discovery over the last 10 years.â€
Last year, Concert for the Cure raised $25,000. Siu says that she hopes to see the event grow and raise even more for Camp Discovery this year.
â€œI want to see it grow, not only for the Trinity community, but for the whole San Antonio community,â€ Siu said. â€œCancer is something that affects everyone, in one way or another, so everyone can benefit.â€
Other smaller fundraisers will take place in the week prior to the Concert for the Cure at Bombay Bicycle Club and Chipotle. Â Tickets to the concert will be sold for $12 starting Monday, Jan. 26, in Coates and will also be sold at the door.