Bands on the Bay is an event created by the DeCesaris and Heck families following the birth of Jenna Heck, who was diagnosed with a congenital neurological disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). The event raises money for the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a state-of-the-art medical facility devoted to the diagnosis, research, and treatment of Sturge-Weber Syndrome.