The Rock the Change benefit concert at Bower Ponds Saturday was declared a “fantastic” success.
The rain held off and more than 300 people came to hear music by six local bands performing on the outdoor stage.
Fans donated money towards Red Deer’s Suicide Information and Education Centre, adding to the $5,000 organizers had previously collected from sponsors including Sobey’s, Red Deer Minor Hockey and others.
“It was absolutely fantastic,” said Jennifer Allbon, who had organized the event with Stacie Moore.
Both 20-year-old Red Deer women were disturbed that six high school students had killed themselves in Red Deer since last fall.
Hip-hop/pop group Ruined Escape Plan, country crooner Amy Lou, folk-rapper Eric Ellsworth, country rocker Garrett Olson, singer/songwriter RJ Willms, and hip hop cover artist Thomas Hutlet performed. T-shirts and other merchandise was available for sale.