For the 10th year in a row, Trinity’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 Gammas’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. Kimberly Siu, a senior and Gamma event co-chair, encourages students to give back while having fun.
“I’ve always been big on doing things to give back to the community, and I know Trinity really promotes community service,” Siu said. “Trinity students also like to have fun. At Concert for the Cure you get to have fun and help other people have fun, too.”
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. The camp is free for the children and is run by volunteers, so fundraisers such as the concert are what help make the children’s experience possible.
“It is amazing,” said Johnny Primomo, Camp Discovery co-director. “Even 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.”
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.
“A fellow Gamma and I had the idea to host a benefit concert featuring Texas musicians,” Walton said via email. “It 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.”
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.
“I want to see it grow, not only for the Trinity community, but for the whole San Antonio community,” Siu said. “Cancer is something that affects everyone, in one way or another, so everyone can benefit.”
Other smaller fundraisers will take place in the week prior to the Concert for the Cure at Bombay Bicycle Club and Chipotle. Tickets to the concert will be sold for $12 starting Monday, Jan. 26, in Coates and will also be sold at the door.