Local bands to ‘Rock the Beach’ at LCH fundraiser

Wilmette teen Sydney Martin was able to keep her Sept. 14 fundraiser at Gillson Park on track. The event will raise funds for research into a cure for Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis. | Provided
Wilmette teen Sydney Martin was able to keep her Sept. 14 fundraiser at Gillson Park on track. The event will raise funds for research into a cure for Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis. | Provided

A Wilmette teen, whose efforts to fight the rare blood disease she conquered landed her at Lollapalooza this month, can hold another fundraising event Sept. 14 at Gillson Park, Wilmette Park District commissioners agreed Monday. She can even have musical acts there.

She just can’t let them turn it up to 11.

In fact, commissioners and administrators told Sydney Martin, it might be best if she and the organizers behind Martin’s “Rock the Beach for Syd Rocks” fundraiser keep a tight rein on amplification levels from the local bands set to play.

They should also move activities from the beach, where the sound could bother Gillson neighbors, to a more sheltered area, officials decided.

That’s just what Martin and her supporters have done with the help of parks recreation superintendent Kathy Bingham, mom Tracey Martin said Friday.

With the location switch for “Rock the Beach” — from near the Gillson beach house to a sound-buffering grass and tree-dotted area near Lakeview Center — and a commitment from organizers to keep an eye on the sound from the bands, “we’re really looking forward to it, and we hope a lot of Wilmette residents register and take part,” Martin said.

Martin’s daughter Sydney, now 17, survived Langerhan’s cell histiocytosis, or LCH, a debilitating and sometimes-fatal cancer-like blood disease as a 10-year-old. The disease has no cure (Martin is in remission), and gets little or no government funding, so finding a cure — extremely important, especially for those children who don’t respond to chemotherapy — depends on private grant programs and donations.

Martin has raised more than $250,000 since then to fight LCH, pediatric cancer and other blood diseases by selling handmade necklaces of beach stones through her Giving Rocks Foundation.

Her Thursday fundraiser hit the committee’s agenda despite having been granted a permit in January after district officials realized plans for the afternoon had changed, Bingham said.

The Martin team had originally planned a 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. fundraiser in which participants would look for interesting stones along the beach, then use them to make the necklaces. The afternoon included other activities, such as “beach yoga” and was set to feature food trucks and other attractions.

However, it wasn’t until recently that the district learned the Martins hoped to bring in four local rock bands, something Tracy Martin said evolved after planners realized the beach had fewer collectible rocks than originally estimated. They decided the local bands would provide a draw to make up for the lack of stones.

Plans for the bands collided with district policy, Bingham said, which has until now prevented private Gillson events being amplified on the beach to maintain good relations with neighbors.

“We have a hard enough time doing that with our own programming,” Bingham said.

Commissioner Bryan Abbott noted Sydney Martin, whose foundation was one of only a few charities chosen to have space at the recent Lollapalooza music festival, wanted to make the Gillson event successful as an inaugural Wilmette-area fundraiser.

“I appreciate strongly that you want it to be a success,” he said. “The music is not central to the fundraising. It’s an enticement.”

Eventually, however, staff and Bingham agreed the Martins still had time to check out the Lakeview area of Gillson, which is further away from area homes, and which could buffer sound. That ultimately allowed the bands to stay in the lineup, Tracy Martin said.

To register for the Gillson fundraiser, visit www.sydrocks.com/events. For more information on LCH, visit the Histiocytosis Association website at www.histio.org.

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ROCK SOLID

WHAT: Rock the Beach with Syd Rocks

WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Sept. 14

WHERE: Gillson Park

TO: fight Langherans Cell Histiocytosis

INFO: sydrocks.com/events

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