The long-running New England Metal and Hardcore Fest is proving that the scene has a heart by partnering with the recently launched Rise Above Foundation, which helps fund wishes like prom expenses, sports registration fees, and music lessons for foster kids in need. The two organizations will combine their efforts to provide Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities, and experiences. The fest is held from April 14-16 in Worcester, Mass., at the Palladium.

Rise Above, a central Massachusetts non-profit that came into existence in 2009, has partnered with the NEMHF to build community support and inform festival goers about the organization. Rise Above will also raise awareness and funds through exclusive merchandise available only at the fest. Additionally, the promoters of NEMHF have donated free tickets to the fest to foster children.

"There are almost 10,000 kids in foster care here in Massachusetts. We want to inspire them to look beyond their current situation and allow them to put their worries aside and enjoy life as a kid," said Rise Above co-founder Wade Sulzman. "Our partnership with NEMHF is valuable way for us to get the word out about what Rise Above is all about."

The year marks the 13th annual NEMHF. Congrats to the fest on that accomplishment. This year's lineup features Hatebreed, Biohazard, Times of Grace, Winds of Plague, Darkest Hour, Oceano, and Job For a Cowboy, to name a select defeaning few. Go here for more information on the festival.

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