Local briefs – March 4

Red Deer-based Angel Records has set up a benefit concert to help raise money for the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House.

Benefit for Ronald McDonald House

Red Deer-based Angel Records has set up a benefit concert to help raise money for the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House.

With fundraising for the $12-million project nearing a crucial deadline, co-presidents Heather Rumbolt and Glenn Wombold have found three professional musicians to perform at the Red Deer Memorial Centre on the evening of Friday, March 26.

Profits from the concert will be given to Ronald McDonald House to help fund the construction of its new building in Red Deer. The project needs to have 80 per cent of its money in place by the end of March so it can start construction while the ground is still firm.

Capital campaign manager Leslee Burton said as of Feb. 25, the project had raised about $6.5 million of the $8 million its headquarters wants to have in place before construction can start.

Rumbolt said she and Wombold put the concert together because they feel Ronald McDonald House will provide a valuable service to families who must bring their children into Red Deer for medical treatment.

Angel Records will bring recording artists Lenny Howard, Tim Harwill and Alex Dion to the stage, all working at a reduced fee to help support the cause, said Rumbolt. Samples of their work can be heard on the Angel Records website, www.angelrecordscanada.com

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the three-hour concert.

Tickets are $58.80 for adults and $48.30 for seniors and children under 13, available from the Black Knight Ticket Centre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bkticketcentre.ca or by calling 403-755-6626.

Tickets will be available at the door if the concert does not sell out, said Rumbolt.

Fundraiser for Haiti relief

Alanna Lindl is pretty happy she and her husband switched dates for their Haiti fundraising concert from the last day of the Olympics.

“In hindsight, that would have been a horrible day,” Lindl said with a laugh, realizing now how tough it would have been to get people to choose between their In the Key of Compassion show and the mother of all hockey games.

The concert is now scheduled for this Sunday. It will take place in Innisfail at the Ol’ Moose Hall and will feature music from Denver Daines of Innisfail, Oldbury and Flying Colors from Red Deer, and a reunion of Sam Druckers General Store.

Money raised will go toward the Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

“It’s still an important thing in people’s minds, what with the new earthquake in Chile. That kind of brought the whole concept of helping again to the forefront. And I know the rainy season has begun in Haiti now, so the need is being felt even stronger there,” said Lindl, who is organizing the concert in which her husband, Tom Lindl, is performing as part of Sam Druckers General Store.

Lindl and her husband were spurned on to host a Haiti benefit concert after attending a similar event in Red Deer last month, she said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music and dancing will start at 7 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. To find out more, to donate silent auction items or to purchase $20 tickets, call Tom Lindl Guitar at 403-598-6197 or 403-227-5768.

Kiss the cod at Newfoundland Dance

A little slice of Newfoundland will be available in Red Deer on Saturday, provided you’re willing to lock lips with a fish.

“Kiss the cod” will be available for $5 at the third annual Newfoundland Dance, hosted by the Rotary Club of Red Deer Centennial to raise money for Rotary charities and the Red Deer Ronald McDonald House.

“We bring in a fresh cod and for $5 you get a little certificate saying you’re an honourary Newfoundlander — you do a shot of screech and you kiss the cod fish,” said Rotary member and organizer Christy Hambling.

“There’s one sort of smelly corner of the hall party, because you can smell the fish. People usually get quite a kick out of that. The real screech, your left foot would be sitting in a bucket of water as well. But we’ve eliminated that part because it was too messy.”

Besides the Celtic tunes of St. James’ Gate, Newfoundland flag colours on the table settings and lighthouse decorations, there’s also a message in a bottle game, where 100 bottles have little prizes tucked inside and participants pay $10 in the hopes of landing one of the $50 or $100 cash prizes available.

“The reason why we thought of (a Newfoundland theme) in the first place was we wanted to re-invent our annual fundraiser to something that was a little more affordable to everybody. . . . We know we have a lot of Newfoundland imports to our city and province,” said Hambling.

There will also be a silent auction and a door prize of a free week in a cottage at Rocky Mountain House.

The dance runs 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park. Tickets are $50, including a midnight lunch, available by calling Deb Johnson at 403-309-9463 or Janet Miller at 403-346-8087.