Haiti fundraiser con­cert nets $32,000 for earth­quake re­lief ef­fort

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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.

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