FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory and bassist Chris Kael will lend a helping hand to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida by participating in bowl-a-thon fundraiser this weekend. They will be at the 2016 Tour Of Champions on February 21 between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event will be held at The Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center in Orlando, Florida.
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 the band's history of charity work, always being a group to give back to fans and organizations that they believe make a difference throughout the world. The band has been involved in running suicide prevention campaigns and PTSD awareness campaigns and also raised money for veterans.
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 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.
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 percent 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 six years, they have awarded over 360 scholarships totaling almost $250,000.
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