Donnie Wilson

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ROCK THE FIGHT AGAINST CHD FOUR – “A concert and fundraising event promoting awareness for congenital heart defects.”

Reservations: Adults – $25 (online or at the door)

18 and under – $10 (CHD Survivors – FREE!)

Click the following link to make your reservation online: honor.americanheart

“ROCK The Fight Against CHD” has raised over $40,000 for CHD awareness and research while drawing big crowds of music fans each year. On Friday, August 2nd this exciting concert and fundraising event returns to the Venus DeMilo in Swansea, MA for a fourth year. Event coordinator and local musician, Donnie Wilson will emcee the event, sharing some songs and a few stories from his family’s journey with CHD. Wilson was inspired to write and record his album, Sedated Echo, released in 2010, when the amazing doctors and nurses at Women and Infants Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital saved the life of his son, Jacob, who was born in May 2009 with CHD (a Congenital Heart Defect). Our CHD heroes became the inspiration behind Wilson’s music. His single, “Super Hero Fantasy”, has been used for CHD awareness campaigns around the country. Wilson also Co-Chairs the National Awareness Committee for Mended Little Hearts.

Donnie Wilson calls this year’s headlining performer, Grace Morrison and the RSO, a truly amazing Americana indie-folk quintet, and one of the best local groups he’s heard in years! The Boston-based band consists of Grace Morrison (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion), followed by Benjamin Moniz (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Max Judelson (vocals, bass), Marta Rymer (violin, vocals), and Nate Tucker (cajón, percussion). The band formed in 2010, emerging out of the fertile New England music scene. All five musicians are classically trained. Their debut self-titled CD was released in the fall of 2012 and is now available on iTunes and CD Baby. Grace and the RSO use folk and bluegrass instrumentation to tell the stories of early Ireland and England, songs of heroes and villains, kings and queens and the legends that follow. Their vocal harmonies organically blend together with a down to earth and refreshing sound, as evident in the lead single ‘Stuck on You’. Much of Grace’s lyrical content is taken straight from the pages of history. She playfully tells these stories during their live performances and the fans enjoy it!

Bring the kids and enjoy some great music, a lot of laughs, our wonderful silent auction, plenty of food and many special moments with our CHD heroes. Together, we can beat America’s #1 birth defect, CHD!!

Net proceeds from ticket reservations will be donated to the American Heart Association for Pediatric Cardiovascular Research. Net proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the National CHD Awareness Fund for Mended Little Hearts. Proceeds from our cork-pull will be donated to Olivia’s Heart Fund.

St. Bernard’s Church Harvest Festival set for this Saturday and Sunday
Fall River Herald News
Approximately three years ago, Wilson said he crafted, recorded and published online a single inspired by his son’s CHD: “Super Hero Fantasy,” …

read article by By Jeffrey D. Wagner, Correspondent,  Posted Sep 26, 2012

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Rock The Fight Against CHD III Highlights- August 3 2012

ROCK THE FIGHT III AGAINST CHD

   ROCK THE FIGHT III Donation Form

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

   CONTACT: Donnie Wilson, P.O. Box 911, N. Dighton, MA 02764 PHONE:  (508) 505-5655

EMAIL:  dwilson@provincemai.com  

DATE & TIME:  Friday, August 3, 2012 (Doors Open 5:30PM – 11PM)

PLACE:  Venus DeMilo Restaurant, 75 G.A.R. Hwy, Swansea, MA In 2010 and 2011

ROCK THE FIGHT AGAINST CHD III- “A concert and fundraising event promoting awareness for congenital heart defects.”

“ROCK The Fight Against CHD” has raised almost $25,000 for CHD awareness and research while drawing over 600 people.  On Friday, August 3rd, this exciting concert and fundraising event returns to the Venus DeMilo in Swansea, MA for a third year.  Event coordinator and local musician, Donnie Wilson, is excited to reunite with his uncle, Ed Violette as the acoustic duo, Back-2-Back that had a huge following in the S.E. Mass area throughout the 90’s.  Wilson was inspired to write and record his album, Sedated Echo, released in 2010, when his son Jacob was born with CHD (a congenital heart defect) in May 2009.  Wilson was always recognized for his soaring vocals, his gritty guitar work, and his charisma in front of a crowd.  Now, his return to music is fueled by his passion for CHD advocacy.  The amazing doctors and nurses at Women and Infants Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital who saved the life of Jacob and so many other CHD patients have served as the inspiration for the single, “Super Hero Fantasy”, which is now being used in several national efforts for CHD awareness.  Wilson also serves on the National Awareness Committee for Mended Little Hearts.   Ed and Don performed to music fans all over New England for many years.  Matthew Bowman from New England Performer Magazine back in the April 1993 issue said, “The vocals and guitar work of Wilson and Violette were all razor sharp, reminding me of the type of stuff Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora do all the time.”  If you walked into a local S.E. Mass bar in the 90’s when they were playing, it was full.  Now, in 2012, they perform their first full length concert event, with Ed’s son, Matt joining in the second set with the same amazing guitar chops as his dad!   We welcome back our hysterical friend, comedienne and Somerset native, Lizz Furtado, back to host the event.  Opening for Ed and Don is 15 year old, singer songwriter, Andrea LeClaire who’s debut video, “Next Time” is approaching 30,000 views on YouTube as of this release.  This year’s show will also be streaming live online at www.LIFEofDAD.com, a website launched by comedian and fellow CHD dad, Tom Riles, who currently warms up the studio audience for the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Bring the kids and enjoy some great music, a lot of laughs, our huge silent auction, plenty of food, and many special moments with our CHD heroes.   Reservations:  Adults – $20 in advance ($25 at the door), 18 and under – $10 CHD Survivors – FREE Make your reservation in advance online:  http://www.sedatedecho.com   Net proceeds from ticket reservations will be donated to Boston Children’s’ Hospital Trust.      Net proceeds from the silent auction and corporate donations will be donated to Gabrielle’s Heart Camp for kids with CHD.  Lastly, a link will be posted on LifeofDad.com for the people watching live online to donate to the National CHD Awareness Fund for Mended

ROCK THE FIGHT AGAINST CHD II HIGHLIGHTS 2011