It’s finally here! The 2014 Sugarhouse Casino Mummers Parade is ready and set to take off on Broad Street New Year’s Day. I got to speak to Chris D’more, one young Mummer who will be doing more than strutting his stuff for the entertainment of all those who love to watch and participate in this Philly tradition. D’more will also be taking a step in the fight for those with Autism.
Chris D’Amore, 20, lives with Autism. He feels that arranging and playing music helps him cope with the day to day struggles that often accompany Autism. D’Amore arranges new music and plays the alto sax for the Polish American String Band. He is proud to be a part of the great Mummer’s tradition!
D’Amore’s father passed down to him a love of, and a deep connection to music. D’Amore’s father directed the Durning String Band from 1977 to 1988.
The Polish American String Band will be holding a fundraiser for Autism programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in April. Mark Danielwicz, band president, feels that this fundraiser fits in with the community-oriented spirit of the band. Danielwicz praises Chris for his talent and for his determination to overcome the struggles of Autism.
D’Amore is a great kid and a shinning example of what can be accomplished with hard work and determination! D’Amore is thankful for the music, for the Polish American String band’s support and for the Mummers!