(PCM) It is always heartwarming to hear stories about artists who are willing to take the time and consideration to give back to their fans and communities. Zoltan Bathory (Guitars) and Chris Kael (Bass) of Five Finger Death Punch will lend a helping hand to the Down Syndrome Bowl-A-Thon’s 2016 Tour of Champions on 2/21 from 1:30 to 4:30pm ET. The event will be held at The Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando, FL.
You can find out additional information about the foundation and upcoming event here!
Five Finger Death Punch’s goal is to bring awareness to the cause, bowl with fans and donate materials for a silent auction. This is just a continuation of 5FDP’s history of charity work, always being a band to give back to fans and organizations that they believe make a difference throughout the world. The band have been involved in running suicide prevention campaigns and PTSD awareness campaigns and also raised money for veterans.
Zoltan Bathory states: “We are in the fortunate situation of being able to do what we love to do and fulfill our dreams, but we didn’t get here alone. We haven’t forgotten where we came from, and it is our duty to give back by leveraging our success and ultimately providing meaningful support & assistance to those in need”
The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida (The Foundation) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to not only support and help families and individuals with Down Syndrome, but also help the community experience and appreciate the gifts our loved ones bring to their peers, friends and neighbors. They believe when potential is given opportunity the outcome is success.
On February 21st The Foundation is hosting their annual Tour of Champions Valentine’s Bowl-A-Thon. Last year’s Bowl-A-Thon was a huge success raising $225,000 (with only $7,500 in expenses!); their goal this year is to raise $250,000! The Foundation is run 100% by volunteers, so all proceeds go directly to their programs.
They began with a simple scholarship program that primarily offered community scholarships that promote peer-to-peer inclusion. The foundation quickly saw additional needs emerge and expanded our scholarship program to include scholarships for academic tutoring, speech therapy and swimming lessons. In 6 years, they have awarded over 360 scholarships totaling almost $250,000!
Here are just a few of the programs they offered in 2015 and plan to continue in 2016:
iCan Bike – bike camp for 40 people ages 8 and up with various abilities to teach them to ride a two-wheel bike
iCan Work program to help individuals with DS receive job training and coaching to gain and keep meaningful employment
iCan communicate—a comprehensive language program to help people learn to communicate with peers, family and teachers using the iPad
iCan! The Learning Program – a research based program teaching effective strategies and providing customized materials to support parents, teachers and children in the educational process
Parent Information meetings, Camping Trip, Holiday Party, Skate Night, Mom’s Night Out
Over $50,000 in scholarships for academic tutoring, oral motor evaluations, swim lessons, and community activities.