Saturday December 17 “Santa’s Beard” will support The Snowsuit Fund

What: The December version of Rasputin’s Beard, a fast-paced four band showcase.
When: 8-10pm Saturday, December 17
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Who: Ottawa Valley Special, The Elementals, Amanda Bon Band, and Gerry Griffin Band.

NO COVER!! Pass-the-hat/pay-what-you-can.

All net proceeds will go to The Snowsuit Fund. The Fund gratefully accepts donations of cash and knitted articles as well as gently used winter outerwear, hats, mitts and boots of all sizes. They endeavour to provide every eligible child with a brand new snowsuit. However, many of their clientele have older children in need of winter clothing, or the parents themselves are in need of a warm coat. Good quality used items can help bridge that gap. 

Why did the board decide to support The Snowsuit Fund?

For the Kids
This organization has one reason for being, and that is to see to it that the children of less fortunate families in our region have one very basic necessity: warmth during our bitter winters.

They are a local charity
Contributions go directly back into our community, to children who are the classmates and playmates of our children.

They are a responsible charity
Only the children of families truly in need receive a new snowsuit. The Fund has a rigorous referral and application process to qualify those we help. A $10 administration fee is applied to help defray costs. Your cash donations are used to purchase and distribute new, quality snowsuits from Canadian manufacturers. A donation of $40.00 is all it takes to dress a child warmly. Your donations of gently-used winter clothing are available to children and their families who do not qualify for a new snowsuit. No child in need will be turned away.

Their support is broadly-based
Over the years, the Fund has continued to expand its reach into the community, and today is supported by groups that range from the corporate sector to school children, from the media to members of local councils, from service clubs to community centres. But in all of that, it is still the individual citizen who comes forward with used suits or cash donations or who supports one of the many fundraising events and activities we undertake each year, that we count on most.

The need is real and present
Every year, they receive about 15,000 snowsuit requests for children up to the age of 15 – that’s a lot of cold kids. And it takes plenty of donations of good used suits and money to keep them warm.

Along with the Spirit volunteers, all the bands are donating their time and talent. This will be an extraordinary show.

About the Bands

Ottawa Valley Special serve up a potpourri of fine Americana. The band includes Tracy Clark, lead vocals and guitar; Jamie Anderson, vocals, guitar and mandolin; Ellen Daly, fiddle; and Jim Brossert, standup bass. Link to Ottawa Valley Special on MySpace (http://www NULL.myspace

The Elementals, fronted by lead singer Julie Element on acoustic guitar, present a tragic blend of Brit/alt/urban-folk. The other five members of the band (who all sing backup vocals) are Peter Pelletier, harmonica and conga; Edith Falkenburg, ukelele; Judy Jibb accordion; Dave Skully acoustic guitar and mandolin; and Patrick Shank, bass guitar.

Amanda Bon Band, country/folk/bluegrass, will be playing songs from Amanda’s new CD Juniper Weekends. Joining Amanda are Danny Artuso, acoustic guitar; Gilles Leclerc, mandolin; and Ken Kanwisher, upright bass.

Gerry Griffin Band plays an eclectic meld of folk, country, blues, rock, celtic, and elements of North African music. Lead singer Gerry Griffin plays acoustic guitar and Turkish saz with partner Heather Houston adding harmonies, Appalachian dulcimer and thumbpiano. Rounding out the band are Bruce Wittet on drums and Andy Roberts on upright bass.

See you there,

Hollis Morgan
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society

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