Friday, April 30, 2010

A School Bell Rings Collaborates with Local Bands to Present The Battle of the Corporate Bands

Play Music. Be a Star. Change the World.

A School Bell Rings, a locally-based, internationally-focused non-profit organization, will host its first Battle of the Corporate Bands Live and Silent Auction, a charitable event designed to raise funds for impoverished children in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua next month. Six bands with musicians who work for major Atlanta companies and non-profits are scheduled into the event line-up.

The event will be held at the Retreat of Dunwoody on Saturday, May 8 starting at 7 PM. Battle of the Corporate Bands is a collaboration between local bands as well as individuals who donate their time and energy to help children around the globe obtain a better education. Participating bands sell tickets to the event and compete with ticket sales, as well as their performances, to raise funds for needy kids as they attempt to “win” the Battle! Each band will perform for 30 minutes, playing five songs for the attendees.

Bands with members from some of Atlanta's finest organizations are participating and include Escape Vehicle, Midwife Crisis, The 501c3 Project, Steve Baskin Band, The Ivy Road Band, and The Verge, with members from Zaxby’s, The American Cancer Society, The 60 Second Marketer, Tribe, Oracle, Colliers International, McKinsey & Company, and CNN.

Tickets to the event are available online starting April 1 at Each ticket entitles attendees to free food, a free drink ticket, free music and access to the live and silent auction which includes items like autographed sports memorabilia, spa retreats, vacation villas, crafts, autographed guitars, oil paintings and other fabulous items.

“This event is a win-win, both for our participating bands, as well as the kids we support,” said Jamie Turner, A School Bell Rings founder and event creator. “As someone who is in a band myself, I can safely say the point is to perform for an audience, and this is a great opportunity to assemble fans and perform for a great cause.”

Turner says event volunteers are excited to partner with several local organizations and companies in the Atlanta area in hopes of reaching shared goals. These relationships will help to facilitate the advancement of growth and progress in the educational programs that A School Bell Rings has funded in years past as well as new programs they aim to fund in the future. With the proceeds from the Battle of the Corporate Bands, A School Bell Rings hopes to fund a new teacher-training program in Nicaragua. Past events have funded building of school facilities, as well as education programs in Tanzania and India. Recent ventures have included building two classrooms at the Tloma Primary School in Karatu, Tanzania and funding the development of a new school in Gujarat, India.

“To keep these kinds of programs going, we plan a high energy evening with excellent music and the live and silent auctions. We will also have information about the programs and kids we support, spirited attendees, and most importantly, a great cause,” said Shanta Dube, A School Bell Rings board member.

A School Bell Rings welcomes individuals and companies to provide tax-deductible auction items by emailing Binita Vijay at In addition, the organization and event needs more volunteers to pull off all the requirements from band management and staging to decorating, auction coordination, set-up and tear-down. Email Shanta Dube at if you are interested in volunteering. For more information about the event, visit

About A School Bell Rings

A School Bell Rings is an official 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization, devoted to improving the lives of impoverished children around the globe by providing them enhanced access to educational facilities and institutions. They accomplish this by building additional school locations and/or providing existing facilities with needed supplies and services. In addition to building schools, they also help the communities they support by establishing ongoing relationships with local craftsmen and artists. Donors who contribute to this organization participate in feedback and guidance on the charity and how it evolves. They do this by pursuing feedback through donor research, online feedback and face-to-face interaction as well as directed donations. 

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