Band Together


PO Box 6445
Raleigh, NC 27628
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Raise Funds. Raise Awareness. Raise the Bar.

Our Story

First of all, we want you to know why we’re here, why we’re in this for the long haul.

Band Together’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for select charities through events that showcase and support musical talent.

And now we’d love to tell you how it all started.

On September 12th, 2001, five friends—Phil and Shellie Gruber, Danny Rosin, Tom Lyon and Skip Mangum—got together in an attempt to digest and possibly find a way to respond to the terrors that had taken place the previous day. None of us were firemen. And because we lived in Raleigh, NC, far from where the horrific tragedies occurred, we knew on site assistance would not be an option. There were no existing, trusted charitable outlets. Nonetheless, we had a deep sense that we could do—that we had to do—something. As we watched news reruns of innocent people jumping to their deaths, we knew we were not alone in our desire to help.

Over the next several weeks, we brought together a group of more than 40 young entrepreneurs from across the Triangle to raise awareness and money for the families of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. We created an organization called Band Together for Our Heroes. In October 2001, through our collective efforts, we produced a four-band event with corporate sponsorship and flew NYC firefighters to Raleigh to treat them like the heroes they are. The event brought more than 1000 people together, raising over $60,000 for NYC and DC 9/11 Family Relief efforts.

As the wounds of 9/11 started to heal, we renewed—and broadened—our focus.

In the ensuing years, Band Together formed a 501c3 non-profit run 100% by volunteers. We’ve raised funds and awareness for StepUP Ministry, The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, SAFEchild, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics North Carolina, Operation Smile, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Stop Hunger Now for Tsunami and Haiti Relief, and The Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina for local and Gulf Coast Katrina Relief.

Collectively, our 17,000 event-goers, hundreds of volunteers and numerous sponsors have donated more than $1 million in NET proceeds to these charities.

What now? Will we rest on our laurels or will we carry our momentum into the future?

No laurel-resting here. We have proudly built our annual event to be the Largest Charity-focused Music Festival in North Carolina. The best part? 100% of net proceeds go directly to the charities we serve. We are proud to call the Triangle area home and to have the privilege of serving our community. We invite you to join us.