Maggie's Place will benefit from the return of the Easter Jam at Teazer's Pub on April 19.
AMHERST – Teazer’s Easter Jam is back and the families and clients at Maggie’s Place will be the beneficiaries.
At least 10 bands are booked to take to the stage at the Amherst lounge on Saturday, April 19 to help raise money for the family resource centre on Elmwood Drive.
The event will run from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and some of the bands confirmed include Free Fall, First Time Around, Home Brew, Ed Cooke, Third Zero and the 6:30 Band.
Organizer Ron Downey said he was approached by bar owner Howie Gray about revitalizing the Easter Jam and wondered what would be a good organization to support. He suggested Maggie’s Place as the beneficiary.
“There was a time when the Easter Jam was a major event at Teazers, but it hasn’t been held in several years,” said Downey, who will play in three bands during the day. “Some of us were talking after the Boxing Day Jam about how it would be nice to get the Easter Jam going again.
“I didn’t know anything about Maggie’s Place until my own children came along and they were tremendous. I’ve always remembered what they did for my children and me. This is my way of giving something back.”
Maggie’s Place strives to strengthen the health and social development of children and their families in Cumberland and Colchester counties. This is done by providing a variety of promotion and prevention services and programs to support families through the preconception, prenatal, infant, early childhood and youth periods.
Maggie’s Place executive director Carolyn d’Entremont was thrilled to get the call about the jam.
“It’s pretty amazing to think about all these people coming together to help Maggie’s Place. In the non-profit world you’re always looking for funding, so when you have someone come to you and say they’re going to do this for you it’s pretty special,” d’Entremont said.
Maggie’s Place does get government funding, but the level has not increased in more than 20 years. Thanks to community donations and support from the United Way it continues to be able to offer programs locally.
There will be 50/50 draws and ticket sales on a Super Bowl jacket.
Bar manager Raymond Jones is happy to see the Easter Jam coming back.
“I remember when we used to have the Easter Jam and how packed this place used to be. A lot of the older musicians remember playing in it,” Jones said. “It didn’t take a lot of persuading to get people involved again and it’s for a great cause. Maggie’s Place works for so many people in our community.”