Morrison YMCA Remembers Teen with Band Battle

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The YMCA hosts its 4th Annual Battle of the Bands to celebrate the life of Rachel Giblin and supports teen programs she loved

The bands represent several local Mecklenburg and Union County high schools.

The Morrison Family YMCA at Ballantyne will celebrate the life of Rachel Reynolds Giblin and raise funds for Y teen programs with its 4th Annual Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 17 in its Rachel Giblin Teen Center.

Giblin was tragically killed during a bike ride with her family to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. Her friends at the Y, where she was a member, host the Rachel Giblin Battle of the Bands to keep her memory alive at to support the teen programs Rachel enjoyed. The event was created by teens from the Morrison Family YMCA Leaders Club.

The 4th Annual Rachel Giblin Battle of the Bands will feature up to 6 local high school in healthy competition. The bands represent several local Mecklenburg and Union County high schools including Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and Sun Valley. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bands from sponsors including Sam Ash, Streetwise Music and Best Buy.

The Morrison Family YMCA is accepting band applications through Monday, May 13. Selected bands will perform a maximum 14 minute set with at least one original song.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 for members and $7 for the general public. All proceeds will benefit the Morrison Family YMCA Teen Programs that includes The Rachel Giblin Teen Center, teen events and tournaments, as well as teen clubs offered to the community.

For more information, contact Derek White at (704) 716-4609 or derek.white(at)ymcacharlotte(dot)org.

About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 Y branches and two resident camps, engages approximately 260,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for more than 135 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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