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16 May 2016 South Bend, Indiana --- Everybody Has A Story, the all-volunteer community organization that promotes music events to benefit Michiana charities, announces their third annual concert of music and variety this fall. The date has been set for Saturday, October 8, 2016 at South Bend's Century Center. Tickets are soon to be on sale online through the Everybody Has A Story's Website priced at $25 for advance tickets and $30 the night of the event. This year’s concert beneficiary is the South Bend Community School Corporation's, Madison Primary Center.
The organization started in 2013 as the brainchild of singer-guitarist and South Bend native, C. R. Heckaman, who sought a way to give back to his hometown. Heckaman coordinated volunteer musicians, performers, artists, and community activists, all with ties to the Michiana region, and formed Everybody Has A Story (EHAS) to create a music and variety concert event, with the proceeds dedicated to support local charity. The first year’s concert in September 2014 was a great success and netted a generous donation to The 360 Project, a non-profit group that works with shelter dogs and at-risk teens through the Juvenile Justice Center. Learn more about The 360 Project here. The second concert in October of 2015 supported two charities, Reading for Life and the Frantz Fund with a remarkable performance roster and generous donations to both organizations.
One beneficiary has been selected for the 2016 EHAS concert. Proceeds from the concert this year will provide financial support for Madison Primary Center. Only a few years ago this school was on the brink of failure but it has made an amazing turn around. Through innovation, commitment, and just plain hard work Madison is now on the brink of achieving an academic standard reached by only 2 other schools in all of Indiana.
The mission, the vision -- in fact the whole reason Everybody Has A Story exists is to identify charities that are making a difference in the Michiana community and promote music and variety events to raise funds to help them thrive. "The name Everybody Has A Story came about because we envisioned a wide range of homegrown talent sharing their stories,” says Curt Heckman, EHAS Executive Director. "Our concerts celebrate our community with music and good times to remind us that each one of us is important. Every one of us has a story worth telling." Completely staffed by volunteers, Everybody Has A Story, is actively seeking assistance in the form of a "Street Team" of brand ambassadors, including help behind the scenes as well as donations and sponsorships from the Michiana business community. “Whether you are a talented performer, or you wish to offer a cash donation, or you follow us on social media, we welcome your participation and hope you will join our circle of friends,” says Heckaman. “The only qualification to be part of Everybody Has A Story is to have an affiliation for the South Bend-Michiana community as a great place to live.