On Saturday and Sunday (July 30 & 31, 2016) Director's Showcase International was blessed to be a part of an amazing outreach event created by CrownCARES, an initiative of Carolina Crown in conjunction with Samaritan's Feet.
Hundreds of children from the Winston-Salem, NC community received a new pair of shoes and a message of hope from the volunteers serving at the event and 1,000 children in three local high schools received new marching band shoes.
"It was a life changing experience" says Jeff Dyson of DSI. "Everyone who served did so with an open heart and was completely humbled by the experience. It was great seeing the excitement in the eyes of the children who received a new pair of shoes, some for the first time in their lives."
Here is an interview with Jeff Dyson of DSI and Phil Campbell of Samaritan's Feet from the event:
This interview was with Chuck Spong of Love Out Loud Winston-Salem.
Some footage of the band directors who received the marching band shoes from DSI on behalf of Samaritan's Feet and Carolina Crown.
Here is the official Press Release from the event -----
Winston-Salem, NC: Carolina Crown, the 2013 Drum Corps International® (DCI) World Champion, is proud to announce a civic initiative in conjunction with the 2016 edition of NightBEAT presents: Tour of Champions event scheduled for Sunday, July 31, 2016 at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
CrownCARES, an initiative of Carolina Crown, in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet, Director’s Showcase International, United Way of Forsyth County and Love Out Loud WS will be distributing new shoes, socks and a message of hope to over 1,000 children in our great community. In addition, three local high school marching bands will be the recipients of brand new marching shoes on behalf of Carolina Crown and Director’s Showcase International. Proceeds from event ticket sales and souvenir program sales will be donated to two worthy organizations; Samaritan’s Feet and the Winston-Salem Forsyth County High School Band Programs.
More specific to this significant outreach, the first CrownCARES Community Service Day is scheduled for Saturday July 30 from 1pm-4pm with distributions happening at three local elementary schools. Potential volunteers are encouraged to register to help at www.samaritansfeet.org.
The Winston-Salem Forsyth County Bands will benefit by receiving revenue from the sale of the event programs. Considering the thousands of fans that attend our annual NightBEAT Tour of Champions event, this is a very lucrative fund-raiser for an important cause, keeping music arts in our schools. According to Brad Oliver, Director of Arts Enrichment with the school district, “we are so pleased with the partnership we have fostered with the team at Carolina Crown. In exchange for providing housing and support for the event, the kids in our band programs will benefit directly from sale of event programs. This is a significant and necessary means of income for our programs”.