What started as informal “gatherings” before Zac Brown Band shows have evolved into opportunities for fan club members — know as the Zamily — to show their generosity and raise money for Camp Southern Ground.
“People are crazy motivated to raise money for this camp,” said dedicated Zamily member Amy Biedron of Aurora, Illinois. “Sure we want to get together and visit, but the last few months we’ve really focused on raising money for Camp Southern Ground.”
A neonatal intensive care unit nurse who tries to make it to at least one show a month, Biedron was involved in fundraising efforts at the gatherings before the Pittsburgh and Milwaukee shows. “We weren’t terribly organized… but we held raffles and raised more than $500.” Other gatherings, she said, have raised several thousands of dollars.
“All the members of the Zamily know about Camp Southern Ground and we’re always coming up with new ways to raise money.” For example, the restaurant where the gathering will be held before the Moline, Illinois show has agreed to donate 10% of food and drink sales from the function to the camp. “People are posting how they are raising money on the Zamily Facebook page. There’s a lot of excitement about doing this.”
“We’ve raised thousands of dollars in just the past few gatherings,” she said, “and there’s more to come. This camp is a big deal for all of us in the Zamily.”