GRANDE PRAIRIE’S TENILLE PRESENTS
3rd ANNUAL BIG HEARTS FOR BIG KIDS CONCERT EVENT
WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY JASON BLAINE,
MICHELLE WRIGHT AND MORE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th , 2012,
JACKPOT GRILL & BANQUET FACILITY 7:00 PM
BENEFITING GRANDE PRAIRIE
YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER SOCIETY – Sunrise
Toronto, Canada. January 11, 2012. In February 2010, and on the heels of the doors closing on the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton, Grande Prairie’s Tenille presented a cheque for over $30,000 representing efforts of 1 evening of musical performances, auction item purchases and unwavering support from the community’s volunteers, attendees and her musician friends. Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society also known as Sunrise House continued to operate. In February 2011, the event, larger in scale with auction donations from as far away as Los Angeles, resulted in $60,000 being turned over in one evening.
In its third year, the 2012 BIG HEARTS FOR BIG KIDS concert fundraiser occurring Saturday February 11th at the Jackpot Grill and Banquet Facility is bigger than ever. With songwriting circle performances by Tenille, Wendell Ferguson, Pear, Jake Mathews, Willie Mack, and Michelle Wright, the evening will round out with the high energy feature performance of Jason Blaine and his band. Donated items include an autographed Epiphone DR 100 acoustic guitar from Epiphone Guitars; a trip for two wherever Westjet flies; artist Lewis Lavoie is returning to paint a live mural during the evening which will be auctioned off. A mystery raffle will also take place and on-line donations will contribute to the evening’s success.
“The shelter’s 2012 budget is $435,000.00” said Tanya Wald, Executive Director. “Currently 64% of the budget’s funding is confirmed leaving us $155,000 to raise. Tenille’s Big Hearts for Big Kids Annual Concert Event is a major part of those fundraising dollars. Based on its previous success, Big Hearts for Big Kids contributes close to 40% of that total. Tenille’s vision and fundraising efforts make a difference in the lives of youth and allow us more time to focus on the shelter and our clients. We are very proud to have her aligned with
A private concert will also be held at BIG COUNTRY 93.1 radio station with Michelle Wright, the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, prior to the show. One lucky Peace Region winner will be chosen from a songwriters’ contest to attend Michelle’s on air performance and perform their winning song with her in attendance.
BIG HEARTS FOR BIG KIDS will be emceed by Corus Entertainment’s Tracie Gray and Big Country 93.1 FM’s Lyle West. Doors open at 6:30 with the show beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale for $75.00 each and available at the Crystal Centre Box Office (780-538-0387).