Burgers & Bands Annapolis 2019
Our first ever Burgers and Bands Annapolis was a success in so many ways. We will get to the numbers in a minute but first we want to tell you about the adventure that was our inaugural Annapolis event. First, in case you missed it, it rained. And rained. And rained some more. We were so worried that all the rain would ruin the event, but it didn’t. Instead, it made it memorable and it helped highlight the power of this event and the support for this cause. Before we opened our doors we had 200 volunteers on site. That is an incredible number for any first year event but for a first year event in the midst of a monsoon? Wow. The three stages and 27 bands went on almost completely on schedule and when they didn’t everybody went with the flow. It was a joy to see.
Now on to the numbers. There are two numbers to talk about. The first is what you would expect. How much did we raise? Well, we exceeded our goal. We hoped to raise $50,000 and hit $60.000 in cash and in-kind donations. We could not believe this number, especially considering the rain. We have definitely found our Annapolis home. The Byzantium Event Center was just perfect for our needs.
The other number we want to talk about is one many of you don’t know. The number of stories we hear throughout the day. We heard from parents and siblings who lost their children/brothers/sisters. We heard from people who survived an attempt and are now leading healthy, happy lives. We heard from people who are struggling and use Burgers and Bands as a means to walk themselves out of their darkness. We know you haven’t heard most of these stories because we don’t put them on the stage. These are the stories people tell us because they want us to know what the event means to them. These are the stories that keep us working harder every year. Even if we didn’t raise a penny, knowing the way we are helping our community would be enough.
Thank you so much to our community for helping us make this a huge success. Thank you for your continued support.
– The Brennan Family
WHY WE DO THIS
WHY WE DO THIS.
For two years Ann Brennan and Ethan Brennan walked for 24 hours to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. While these walks raised thousands of dollars for the cause, the two felt like something was missing. The reason the family had become involved in suicide prevention in the first place was to bring awareness to an issue that has plagued their community for years.
In 2016, the Brennan family teamed up with their friends and neighbors Jennifer and Kevin Bonk to bring the fundraising into our own community by creating an event like no other, Burgers and Bands for Suicide Prevention. Burgers and Bands is an event built in and around our community to not only bring awareness and raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but also to show people in our community that they are not alone.
Throughout the 8 hour musical event, we have bands rotating on a 30-45 minute schedule; community services tables; and of course great food and community. Burgers and Bands for Suicide Prevention was created as a way to bring our community together around a cause that has affected far too many people, both young and old in Severna Park.