Next year’s Do it For Sarnia event is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.
“We really saw it as an opportunity to up the ante,” said Kathy Alexander, executive director of the Bluewater Health Foundation, which hosts the annual event in partnership with Dan Edwards’ Do it for Sarnia campaign.
The goal is to raise $150,000 for mental health and addiction services at Bluewater Health.
“Bringing in a musical act became the focal point of growing the event,” Alexander said.
The June 22 event will be held at the Suncor Agora at Centennial Park. Alexander and her committee enlisted the help of Sarnia Bayfest founder Michele Stokley, who helped secure The Trews as the event’s headlining act.
The popular East Coast rockers have performed so often in Sarnia they’ve called it their second home.
“It was a natural choice,” said Alexander. “They are often referred to as Sarnia’s ‘house band’ and people in our community love them.”
Since its launch in 2016, the Do it For Sarnia campaign has raised more than $86,000. The proceeds will ultimately support the hospital’s Child and Adolescent redesign project, which has already received a $250,000 boost from this year’s event sponsor, LiUNA.
“This project will transform the current environment and will have a significant impact on the care that children and adolescents will receive at Bluewater Health,” Alexander said.
Edwards started the campaign in response to the generosity he received from the community after an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2006.
“We are so grateful and honoured to work with Dan,” she added. “He is a true community ambassador and really is making a difference every day.”
Tickets are available now at bwhf.ca and will soon be available at Stokes Bay and Refined Fool Midtown location.