The first annual Follow Your Heart benefit concert held Saturday, Feb. 18, was a huge success.
The sold-out crowd and local businesses and organizations raised more than $5,000 for Variety Children’s Charity, exceeding the night’s goal. This includes a $1,000 donation from the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department.
“Amazing what can happen when you text a crazy idea to the right frands,” Harrison Hot Springs country artist Todd Richard posted on his Facebook page with a number of photos from the night’s events. “Frands” is a term Richard often uses to combine the word “fans” and “friends.”
Richard extended his personal thanks to not only the HHSFD but to Tourism Harrison River Valley and all the volunteers who helped make the event possible.
Richard, a two-time winner of the B.C. Country Music Awards Humanitarian of the Year, organized the event with the help of a number of local organizations; it was an idea he’d cultivated since he released his song “Follow Your Heart,” which is dedicated to Variety Children’s Charity.
From its conception, the community embraced the Follow Your Heart benefit, with Robert and Sonja Reyerse backing the idea immediately and silent auction donations and volunteer offers coming in every day leading up to the event. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs donated the cost of renting Memorial Hall for the event.
Richard invited a number of musical guests, including Chilliwack bassist Gord Maxwell and Jackson Hollow co-founders Mike Sanyshyn and Tianna Lefebvre.
About 200 people attended the benefit.
In B.C., Variety Children’s Charity has an office in Burnaby; The B.C. chapter was established in 1966. Variety supports children and youth with special needs across the province and beyond. It began in 1927 when 11 entertainers formed the Variety Club; the group banded together to raise an abandoned infant found in one of their theatres. Today, the organization spans 11 countries with 40 chapters.
To learn how you can help, visit variety.bc.ca.
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