September 15, 2021
For Immediate Release
15th Annual Drum Marathon Teams-Up With Local Musicians Raising $40,000 for Six Essential Service Organizations
Co-ordinating 20-plus musicians to perform over four nights during a pandemic isn’t exactly what Jeff Burrows had in mind for his annual 24-hour drum marathon. But he did it. Again!
“After last year’s half marathon event, I thought we’d have COVID behind us or at least to a point where social gatherings would be well underway by the time May rolled around,” said Burrows, LiUNA! 625’s Community Relations Director.
Postponed until early July, Burrows and local bands performed six-hour sets over four nights, minus patrons, taped live at Good Time Charly’s and presented on Bluesfest Windsor’s You Tube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/bluesfestwindsor
“Jeff’s tireless dedication to community brought together an amazing group of talented artists plus 35 caring sponsors to support the critical funding needs of six essential organizations that deliver various underfunded community programs,” emphasized Rob Petroni, Business Manager, LiUNA! 625. “I am extremely proud and truly grateful to everyone, including our Membership, who have made this event a success.”
Sharing the proceeds of the 15th Annual Drum Marathon for their dedication and commitment to create positive change for challenged communities and disadvantaged individuals are Harmony in Action, House of Sophrosyne, Maryvale, St. Clair College, In Honour of The Ones We Love, and Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex Branch. Proceeds are distributed through the not-for-profit fundraising arm of LiUNA! 625, Champions For Change.
“We are especially pleased to receive these funds in order to offer the programs and activities that we do not receive funding for and to support those participants who otherwise would not be able to participate in our programs due to a lack of personal funds.” Elizabeth Esposito, Executive Director, Harmony In Action
Community Relations Director