An student organization that raises money for charities through concerts plans to expand its membership and increase the on-campus profile of its shows.
Strike A Chord is a club at the University of Rhode Island that organizes music events for charity. Nick Bottai, president of Strike A Chord, said that the group was officially recognized last year.
Currently, they are working with the 1 of 52 Hunger Network, a charity dedicated to ending hunger. There are 52 member organizations in each state, with each group doing a hunger-based project one week a year.
Last Friday, Strike A Chord presented the Battle of the Bands, a music battle held in Â Â Â Â Edwards Auditorium. According to Bottai, this event was the club’s biggest show of the year.
Over $650 was raised during the event, and the proceeds were donated to the Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Center, a 19 bed adult shelter.
Bottai said that when the club decides which charity to support, they try to get a representative from the groups to speak at one of their meetings. Russell Partridge, executive director of the WARM Center, spoke to Strike A Chord a few months ago.
“Partridge spoke about the misconceptions of loneliness, and we just couldn’t say no,” Bottai said. “It was too heartwarming.”
In the past, Strike A Chord raised money for Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, FACE AIDS and the Jimmy Fund. Bottai said that he believes it is more important to raise money for local charities like the WARM Center because they rely on local clubs like Strike A Chord.
Bottai explained the common misconception is that Strike A Chord is a club that started here at URI. The group originally started at Chariho High School in Wood River Junction, Rhode Island after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti when the group put together a benefit concert to raise funds. Throughout the club’s high school experience, they raised a collective $1,000. Bottai said that when the group of students moved on to URI, they wanted to create a club here.
Currently there about 10 to 15 member
This year, group membership for Strike A Chord has increased. there are about 12 to 16 members of the club, up from eight last year.
He said the club is very demanding, since they are split into subcommittees for each event, and must contact different artists’ booking agents, and ask the bands to donate their time.
“We promote local musicians who rely on publicity and exposure,” Bottai said. “We can provide them with that if they donate their time to raise money for a good cause.”
Strike A Chord holds several open mic events in the 193 Degrees Coffeehouse, and recently, local venues like The Wheelhouse in Narragansett have reached out to them. Bottai said that they don’t have any upcoming events yet, but their goal is to plan a music event to kick off the spring semester. The club meets every Tuesday in Memorial Union Room 313 from 7-8 p.m. Bottai said the group is growing, and encourages students to check attend meetings.