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Jim Scopie (right) and Gwen Kerr were warming up their vocal chords Thursday afternoon for the upcoming Christmas Concert, on Dec. 7, to help raise money for the Light the Way campaign. The concert follows the foundation’s recent Christmas display ceremony held at the hospital on Wednesday.
AMHERST – An evening of song has been planned to help raise the last portion of funds needed for the Light the Way campaign’s latest venture. The Port Greville and Area Christmas Tree Singers, as well as the Sackville Citizens Band, will join forces to help out the worthy cause during their concert Friday Dec. 7.
“This concert is the first time they’ve ever appeared on the same bill,” said Gwen Kerr, managing director of the Cumberland Health Care Foundation, raising the money for the campaign. “It’s quite exciting.”
When people purchase their tickets, they can fill out the back with their name and telephone number for a chance to win a door prize.
“We’ll do the draw for that partway through the concert,” said Kerr.
The foundation’s musical director Jim Scopie, said the singers and band will be a treat for anyone who loves music.
“They love to sing,” said Scopie about the singers. “Seeing the joy in their faces when they’re singing is quite something.”
With the final event for the Light the Way campaign drawing closer, Kerr said she hopes this concert will push them over the top for their $100,000 goal. The funds will be used to purchase new hospital equipment.
“We’ve just gone over $90,000 as of today,” she said. “People can donate right up until the end of the year, Dec. 31.”
The foundation recently hosted their Light the Way light up ceremony at the hospital.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Center at the foundation office, inside the front doors to the hospital. Tickets can also be purchased at the downtown Scotiabank and at the First Baptist Church. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the concert.
Money raised through ticket sales will go to support the purchase of the new laser and drug dispensing system for the hospital’s emergency department.