Organizers of the “That Night in Sarnia” event centred around a simulcast of the final concert of The Tragically Hip raised about $28,000, with half that amount going to the Bluewater Health Foundation for use in the Bluewater Health Cancer Care Assessment and Treatment Centre.
The remaining amount was earmarked for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital. Downie, the lead singer for the iconic band, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier in the year.
“We are so honoured to be the recipients of such a special gift,” says Kathy Alexander, executive director, Bluewater Health Foundation. “The awareness for cancer care and assessment that this event has created locally is amazing. These funds will help us to continue to provide the best possible treatment and support available to our patients and their families close to home.”
The event was presented collectively by K106.3 FM, The Station Music Hall, and Apex IT Solutions, and included a viewing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s broadcast of the final Tragically Hip concert live from Kingston, Ontario, on two 30-foot inflatable screens in Canatara Park.
“It’s been a humbling experience to support Gord Downie and cancer research through the planning of ‘That Night In Sarnia’,” said Aaron Zimmer, organizing committee spokesperson. “We’re thrilled to be able to present such a substantial gift to our community hospital to continue making cancer care and assessment a priority not only nationally, but locally as well.”
PHOTO: Stuart Manchee*, John Hockin*, Jessica Barnes*, Adelle Stewardson**, Aaron Zimmer*, Kathy Alexander**, Rob Jenkins*, Rachel Veilleux*, Brian Maxfield*.
* That Night In Sarnia committee member
** Bluewater Health Foundation staff