Bands on the Bay

July 8, 2011

Music lovers and families came out to rock ‘n’ roll for a good cause at the sixth annual Bands on the Bay event May 1. The annual fundraiser for the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute featured music by the Doug Segree Band; Orlando Phillips, a Caribbean music steel drum musician, and former lead vocalist of Caribbean music group Mama Jama; the Fitzmaurice Band; and solo artist, Adam Day. The Washington Redskins cheerleaders also made a special appearance. The event also featured a silent and live auction offering a chance to win exclusive items such as sports and entertainment memorabilia, hand crafted items, sports tickets, and more.

The Bands on the Bay fundraiser is organized by the family of Jenna Heck, an Annapolis-area toddler born with the rare disorder Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). SWS is most easily identified by a port wine birthmark on the face of those affected and also characterized by blood vessel abnormalities in the brain, skin, and eyes, which can cause countless health complications including seizures and glaucoma. Funds raised at Bands on the Bay benefit the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute. During the past five years, the event has raised more than $800,000 to support SWS research that would have been impossible otherwise.

For more information about Bands on the Bay, visit www.BandsontheBay.org.