SURREY — The seventh annual "A Night on Broadway" fundraiser for Surrey Food Bank is coming to you at Surrey Arts Centre's main stage on Saturday, Oct. 5, with matinee and evening performances. Not only is this Thanksgiving tradition packed with professional talent, 100 per cent of the ticket sales benefit the food bank. If this event is a sell-out (and it should be), the food bank wins big time. Thanks to Envision Financial and Da Vaughn Studios for production costs.
"'A Night on Broadway' has become a favourite fundraiser for the communities of Surrey and North Delta," says Marilyn Herrmann, executive director of Surrey Food Bank. "Not only do the artists deliver incredible performances with their amazing talents, the attendees make a valuable contribution to help the Surrey Food Bank. This is a most enjoyable event and a fun way to support Surrey's food bank."
The theme this year is "Broadway goes Hollywood."
I remember when Christopher Simmons and Debra DaVaughn started this project - it was a night of opera and showcased the impressive talents of these Surrey singing stars.
"We are simply thrilled to present our seventh annual concert benefitting the Surrey Food Bank," say Simmons and DaVaughn in a press advisory. "Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thinking of our neighbours in need, and we are happy to have the chance to give something back to the community that has supported us so faithfully throughout our careers. This year's event promises to be full of fun with a bit of Hollywood glamour thrown in."
This husband-wife team is totally sincere about those comments. They care about this city. We can return the compliment by attending this fundraiser, don't you think? Although many of the performers have been with Chris and Debra from the first show, there are some new names added to the cast this year: baritone Chris King (music director for TUTS who will be doing the same for Gateway Theatre in Richmond this coming season) and pianist Caitlin Hayes. The Lindbjerg Show Choir aids the individual talents in presenting excerpts from Singin' In the Rain, Rent, West Side Story, Mary Poppins and other popular Broadway musicals that have made it to the silver screen.
I just don't know how much more incentive you need to buy tickets for this event. Surrey Food Bank serves more than
14,000 clients a month, 41 per cent of whom are under the age of 18. "We are not only proud, but honoured to be able to support such a valuable community partner," says Shelley Besse, Envision Financial president. "Envision is committed to making a real difference in the communities we serve, and partnering with Surrey Food Bank allows us
to do just that. This year's fundraiser will be an exceptional night full of fun and glamour, we can't wait to take part in 'A Night on Broadway goes Hollywood.'" Tickets available for purchase through Surrey Art Centre's box office, at 604-501-5566 or online at tickets. surrey.ca. Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. I know there are conflicts for your time on Oct. 5, so good thing there are two shows. Try your best, invite friends, make a day of it and feel good about the arts and our community.
West Coast Harmony Chorus is another Surreybased group of singers that actively aids our community is so many ways. They won gold at a recent regional competition, and now must go to Baltimore in November of 2014 to compete internationally. Sure, that's a long way off, but they can use all that time to raise funds for the trip.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, they are holding a 12-hour Sing-a-Thon in the Metro Vancouver area. This is their major fundraiser of the year, but it is also much more! It is a way of saying thankyou to the communities that have supported this chorus so generously for almost 50 years. Some of the day's locations include New Westminster Quay,
Surrey City Centre Library, Fort Langley and the Royal Canadian Legion in White Rock. Check their website for the final schedule, at westcoastsings.com.
Remember, this is a fundraiser to help pay for coaching, riser rental and the rehearsal space needed to get the award-winning chorus to Baltimore. Donations are welcome, and can be made through the website by clicking on the "donate" button on the left. Tax receipts are issued for donations over $20. In October, Westcoast will be open to anyone interested in learning more about singing in the a cappella style, with workshops on Oct. 2, 9 and 16. New members are always welcome.
You know, all this singing just has to make us a better community. Remember, it's Culture Days this weekend. Take the opportunity to learn something about another culture, or another person living around you, or just buy a ticket to a cultural event. I have great expectations for Surrey to shine with its diverse offerings of arts and culture. There is an ad hoc committee - in my mind, anyway - and people like Christopher Simmons, Debra DaVaughn and the ladies of the West Coast Harmony Chorus are on the committee.
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