(Jacksonville, Fla.)—Rebecca Day will perform at Holiday for Heroes to benefit Wounded Warriors, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Latitude 30 in Jacksonville. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. and all proceeds will go to WW.
As her schedule permits, the Jacksonville-based songwriter-performer donates services to charities like Relay for Life as well as for individual fundraisers to help those in need. Day works fulltime as a self-employed musician performing at venues in the Southeast. Wounded Warriors is one of her favorite organizations, in part because she has a lot of personal experience with members of the military:
“I have a lot of respect for the military because several members of my family are in the military or have been. My grandfather fought in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart after being injured when he was stranded behind enemy lines. I always had great respect for him. My cousin is in the U.S. Marines and my family history is full of stories about ancestors and relatives who fought in different wars. I have friends who serve. And my dad served in the military too.”
Day, who is in her early 20s, said she recently attended a benefit for the military, and one speaker, a double amputee who had served in the Mideast, made an impact:
“I attended a concert not too long ago at the Old City Music Fest and it just happened that all the proceeds from that concert went to the Wounded Warrior project.
While I was there, in between performances, a veteran came on stage to speak about his personal experience with WW. It was an incredibly moving speech—there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Everyone was moved. After hearing what he had to say about the organization, I was even more thrilled to be invited to participate in Holiday for Heroes.”
Day thinks her generation, the young 20s crowd, has a great deal of respect for the military, in part because of the 2001 attacks.
“After 9/11, I think we all appreciated the military more,” she said. “My generation at a young age got a look at what it means to defend our country. Throughout the years, with soldiers being in Iraq and Afghanistan—media is at our fingertips 24/7, so we get an intimate look at what is required of our military.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $30 in advance at Latitude 30 or at the event page online. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 the day of the event. In addition to live music, the event will feature food, bowling, arcade games, and great raffle items and a silent auction.
Day said she’s so grateful for support from Jacksonville business owners and music lovers, it’s a blessing to be able to give back to her community by donating a performance to Holiday for Heroes.
(Release and Photo: Team Rebecca Day; Event flier from Wounded Warriors)
[Disclosure: Day is the daughter of TUSR editor Kay B. Day.]