Clayton Height’s JoJo Mason and Langley’s Karen Lee Batten are among the country artists performing June 21 during a flood relief fundraiser at Gabby’s. (Special to Black Press)

Country music community plans dual flood relief fundraisers

Langley’s Gabby’s Country Cabaret will be one of two sites for a charity concert on Thursday, June 21.

B.C.’s country music community, spearheaded by Langley’s own Linda Corscadden and Karen Lee Batten, is pulling together to help one of its own.

Brian Thate, past president of the BC Country Music Association, has been homeless after the floods affected the Grand Forks area earlier this spring.

What better way to help out than to throw a fundraiser, said Corscadden, who spearheaded a similar fire relief fundraiser last year at Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley.

Thate and his wife Monica “pretty much lost everything in the flood,” Corscadden explained. His home has to be demolished and rebuilt, and the RV park that has been in his family for more than 20 years – that houses seniors – has extensive damage and it’s not covered by insurance.

“It broke my heart when I saw the video’s and talked to Brian on the phone… For a big robust guy, hearing his voice quiver being so upset just ripped me apart,” she said.

“We want to help these families get back on their feet.”

That’s when she reached out to Batten and Agassiz musician Todd Richard – who helped organize last year’s fundraiser – to make it all happen.

They’re actually organizing two fundraiser, in tandem, said Corscadden, president of the BCCMA and a long-time Langley resident who recently moved to Kelowna.

One of the fundraising concerts is being held at Gabby’s in Langley on Thursday, June 21, starting at 7:30 p.m.

This event will feature Batten, Richard, Clayton Height’s own JoJo Mason, the Chris Buck Band, and a special guest appearance by former Langleyite Aaron Pritchett.

Admission is by a minimum donation of $15.

“It will be a sell out,” Corscadden is convinced. All money raised go to these families, to help with clean-up and restoration costs.

FACEBOOK SITE

The same night, and at the same time, there’s a fundraiser being held at the OK Corral Cabaret in Kelowna. That fundraising concert will feature Aaron Halliday, Son of John, the Hillside Outlaws, and Beamer Wigley.

“Why do we step in? We aren’t just a province, we are a community. When family needs help, I’ll always offer to help, and with the BCCMA backing us… we’ll jump in to help any way we can,” Corscadden said, noting BCCMA is using the hashtag #BCSTRONG to promote this and other such efforts.

“Music heals, so what better way to help the people who have been affected than to throw a fundraiser with live music.”

Just Posted

Relationships, continuity top health-care concerns for Agassiz residents

Feedback during Fraser Health events showed access to health care needs to improve

Development on the horizon for Harrison Hot Springs Marina

The property has been the subject of a number development proposals over the years

Chilliwack Players Guild brings first ever radio play to stage

An Affair of Honour is based on a true story, written by the father of a Chilliwack man

‘Big hearts and even bigger feet’: Comedian sends Harrison humour to the silver screen

Jonny Harris will see the town highlighted on his small-town comedy series ‘Still Standing’

More staff being hired at Fraser Valley seniors homes

Number of care hours for residents lags behind provincial targets

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of Brunette overpass

Dash cam footage shows a vehicle speeding across a Lower Mainland overpass

Lower Mainland teacher resigned after ‘inappropriate discussions’ with elementary students

Tracy Joseph Fairley resigned from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows district April 23, 2018

Surrey needs 350 more cops, activist tells council

‘Right now we are 350 police behind what our population requires,’ politicians are told

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Where mattresses go to die

Mattress Recycling opens the largest of its kind mattress-recycling facility in Hope

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Most Read