Easter Jam con­tin­ues to sup­port Mag­gie’s Place

The Amherst News - - OBITUARIES / NEWS - BY CHRISTO­PHER GOOD­ING

The fun and ex­cite­ment of Spring is right around the corner and one of the first signs of warmer and longer days to come is the Easter Jam.

The an­nual Easter Jam at Teazer’s Pub and Eatery has ben­e­fited a lot of groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions, but in re­cent years the fam­ily out­reach re­source cen­tre Mag­gie’s Place has had a cham­pion car­ry­ing their ban­ner.

Ron Downey’s story is not un­fa­mil­iar to many here in Cum­ber­land County.

“When I first had my kids, Karen [Leblanc] and Mag­gie’s Place was al­ways there for me,” Downey said. “I didn’t know noth­ing about be­ing par­ent­ing. I had a child who had open-heart surgery at six months old, so Mag­gie’s Place was what in­spired me to do this. They’ve done so much for me.”

Downey net­works mu­si­cians into the sched­ule while mak­ing ar­range­ments for door prizes and more. No stranger to be­ing on stage or us­ing the power of mu­sic for a good cause, Downey says he takes pride in or­ga­nize the Easter Jam.

“I do a lot of fundrais­ers through­out the year, but this is my favourite. This is my baby,” he said. “They help so much and so many fam­i­lies.”

This year’s fundraiser will take place on Satur­day, Mar. 31, be­gin­ning

at 3 p.m. and run­ning un­til clos­ing at 2 a.m. Silent auc­tion and door prizes aside, 11 mu­sic acts are sched­uled to per­form.

Mag­gie’s Place uses the pro­ceeds for a num­ber of projects from year to year, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sarah McMasters said. This year the fundraiser comes as the re­source cen­tre is striv­ing to­wards some­thing new.

“From year to year it varies. Some­times our staff will have a spe­cial project they would like to un­der­take and to find funds is of­ten dif­fi­cult,” MacMaster said. “Up­grad­ing our out­door play spa­ces is def­i­nitely a pri­or­ity for our adult ed­u­ca­tors so we’d like to see that”

The goal, McMasters said, is to hire land­scap­ers and adopt a more nat­u­ral out­door play space with sand­box and ex­pand the cur­rent of­fer­ing. McMasters and the staff of Mag­gie’s Place will be on hand to ac­cept do­na­tions and be part of the day.

From Left: Ron Downey is at the helm or­ga­niz­ing this year’s Easter Jam at Teazer’s Pub and Eatery. Pro­ceeds will go to­wards the work Sarah MacMaster and the staff at Mag­gie’s Place cour­tesy of Downey, Teazer’s man­ager Ray­mond Jones and the many, many sup­port­ers of the fam­ily re­source cen­tre.

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