The 100 Mile Festival of the Arts 2015 Showcase Concert on April 24 featured fantastic performances and awards being presented to deserving students, but it also and helped the festival committee move a few steps closer to purchasing a gently used grand piano.
The committee had recently launched its ambitious fundraising project – Key It Up – to replace the piano, which can no longer be tuned, at Martin Exeter Hall.
Festival committee co-chair Bruce Madu notes the fundraiser is completely independent of the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts regular budget.
The RBC of 100 Mile House selected the Festival of the Arts as one of the 14 recipients of the RBC Day of Service grants.
The program includes providing a few hours of volunteer work for the groups and a $1,000 cheque, says RBC program co-ordinator Lucille Armstrong.
She notes the festival committee wanted the RBC Day of Service volunteers – bank manager Scott Saito, Lisa Catto, Millie Halcro and Armstrong – to sell raffle and 50/50 tickets, hand out programs and man the front door to greet folks as they arrived.
When the volunteers made the $1,000 cheque presentation to the festival committee, Armstrong, who is a new member of the committee, says the committee decided to put the money towards the Key It Up project.
“Actually, Scott got so wrapped up in it, that when he presented the cheque, he decided to purchase one of the keys, which was another $300 donation from the bank.”
Noting the festival committee has raised more than $5,000 toward the piano, Madu says a woman also purchased a key anonymously at the festival.
He adds they kicked off their cash raffle at the Showcase Concert, which will see the winner take home $2,500, second get $1,000 and third pick up $500. The draw will be made at the Farmers’ Market on Sept. 25
Madu says they will be selling tickets at Save-On-Foods on May 9, and at the Cariboo Mall on June 2 and 19.
Tickets will also be available during the District’s 50th Anniversary, July 18-26, and the Garlic Festival, Aug. 29-30. Committee members will also be selling tickets.
The festival committee co-chair says it is vitally important to get a new piano – not only for the young festival performers, but also to attract professional musicians to 100 Mile House for performances.
Folks who are interested in purchasing a key for $300 can call Madu at 250-395-7700, and they will get a tax deductible receipt.