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Hold on til Dawn Benefit Concert
May 14 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Music has the power of healing. Join us May 14, 2022 as we spend a night of togetherness, healing all the while having fun as we raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. All proceeds of this concert benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.The Queen in Downtown Wilmington will host performers for a live concert, raffle baskets, meet and greets, and photo ops with your favorite musicians. Our musical lineup consists of Tyler Hilton, Chelsea Sorrell, Johnny, and Wilmington native, American Idol alum, Margie Mays.
From portraying Elvis Presley in Walk the Line and garnering a cult following as musician Chris Keller on the CW hit TV show One Tree Hill, to writing and touring with the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Joe Cocker, Tyler Hilton has enjoyed an award-winning career spanning music, film and television. Hilton has been featured everywhere from Rolling Stone and People’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” to The Tonight Show and TRL. Additionally, he co-starred in a #1 MTV music video with Taylor Swift, a longtime fan, for her song, “Teardrops Drops on My Guitar,” which was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award.
Chelsea Sorrell was a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol, making it to the Top 12. She released her debut self-titled EP in 2019. In 2020 she was featured in Chris Lane’s single “Alone”. She is a hair and makeup artist that currently resides in North Carolina and is the owner of I Do Style. She performs locally in her home state. of do Style. She performs locally in her home state.
Born from a love for film & music, JOHNNY (John Whoriskey Jr.) started out his career working in the movie business as a Location Scout & short form content creator. He worked on projects ranging from “Ted” to “The Way, Way Back” to the upcoming “Dexter (Season 9).” With a history in directing, editing and location management, Johnny began creating music that he felt could also into television shows & movies. Growing up, his parents owned a small-town ice cream restaurant and scooping ice cream became Johnny’s first job. As a way to tie in the nostalgia of a childhood summer job with working in the film business & a promotional tool for upcoming music releases, he created the YouTube series “Ice Cream Sundays.” His debut single titled “Right Now” gained immediate critical acclaim.
Margie Mays is a singer, songwriter and performer based in Los Angeles, CA. from Wilmington, DE. Margie’s most recent and proudest endeavor was competing on Season 2 of American Idol on ABC, where she became a fan favorite amongst her competitors and finished in the Top 40. For Margie, the experience was nothing short of a dream come true. She has since returned for Season 3.
Hold on til Dawn promoter Erin Mahoney says that Suicide Prevention has had signifigant meaning to her for sometime. Erin has been participating in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Out of the Darkness walks since October 2015 in memory of her father who took his life when she was six years old. Each year that she participates she is motivated to raise more money than the year before. She has hosted multiple dance and restaurant fundraisers over the past five years along with acquiring dozens of local business donations for raffle baskets. “Music has been such a big part of my life since I was younger. I have so many home movies of my dad spinning me around in the living room dancing to his favorite musicians playing on vinyl.” So when brainstorming the idea for a new fundraiser, a concert was the first thing to come to mind.
The musicians will each have their own set during the concert, performing a variety of songs. Select musicians will be hosting meet and greets before the show begins, as well as taking a group photo with each individual VIP admission holder immediately after the show has concluded.
Tickets for Hold on til Dawn are on sale now for General Admission, VIP Admission, Reserved Booth Seating, and Meet and Greets. For those that are interested in the cause but cannot make it to the concert, there are two separate ways to donate; A Gofundme and an event page directly for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, both can be found on the website; Holdontildawn.com under the “Fundraising” tab. You can follow the Hold on til Dawn Benefit Concert at @HoldOnTilDawnBenefitConcert on Facebook, and @HoldOnTilDawn on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest information.