Haiti fundraiser concert nets $32,000 for earthquake relief effort
GLACE BAY — A Cape Breton benefit concert has raised a whopping $32,000 that will be donated to help rebuild Haiti, which suffered a devastating earthquake last month.
The Hugs for Haiti event was held Thursday at the Savoy Theatre.
“ We are humbled by the generosity of Cape Bretoners,” said David Sawler, concert organizer.
“From the Savoy Theatre donating the space and technicians to the performers and the volunteers and businesses who gave freely of their time and tal- ent, we are grateful.”
During the concert, a moment of silence was observed for those suffering in Haiti. Those in attendance received a first-hand account of the damage and suffering from Mike Griffin of World Vision, who was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake.
The evening included performances by the Men of the Deeps, Max MacDonald and Ralph Dillon, Pink Thunder, Ciarán MacGillivray of the Cottars, Tom Fun Orchestra, Pat Moore, Forever, Matt Minglewood and a special ensemble featuring Dawn and Margie Beaton, Colin Grant, Jason Roach and Kelle MacArthur.
All donations received are being sent to the Red Cross, World Vision, Hugs for Haitian Kids and ERDO (Emergency Relief and Development Overseas).
Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can still do so online at www.hugsforhaitians.com or by sending their donation to Lighthouse at 830 Main Street, Glace Bay, N.S., B1A 4Z4. All donations of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.