Shake off Winter Blues Night a week away

Cole Carruthers
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You won’t feel too blue if you walk away helping a great cause with an autographed Roughrider jersey or a golf membership.

The Wakamow Valley Authority’s third annual Shake Off the Winter Blues Night will be taking place March 1, with live musical entertainment, a catered dinner provided by Champs Sports Bar Restaurant and a variety of prizes up for grabs during a live auction.

This Wakamow event will be the last held to raise the final funds needed for the planned ultra accessible wheelchair playground.

“This is our last fundraiser for the playground. It has to happen this spring –– and we hope the community will get behind the event because it will be a great facility for the community,” Wakamow Valley administration manager Margaret Moran said.

The event will take place at the Wakamow Sportsman Centre, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. with dinner commencing at 6 p.m.

“We have a quarter chicken and rib dinner planned, with blues musician Albert Castiglia starting the evening entertainment off from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,” Wakamow Valley events co-ordinator Gisele Perrault told the times-Herald.

Along with Castiglia, London Music Hall of Fame member Bill Durst will also be performing a set of blues music for the cause.

Durst has opened for bands such as Aerosmith, Rush, Bob Seger and The Yardbirds.

Durst’s 2011 album,The Great Willy Mammoth, was declared one of the best blues albums of the year by Blind Lemon News.    

A live auction will also be taking place with a variety of prizes up for grabs to the highest bidders.

“We have an autographed George Reed Roughrider jersey, a beautiful poker set, a $1,000 gift certificate in painting services and a summer golf membership,” Perrault said.

Other auction prizes include gift baskets, a $350 gift certificate to Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, pizza for a year, a Labatt Blue cooler and an oil painting donated by Major and Maxwell Art Gallery.

“It’s going towards a great cause, so we just want the community to come out for great food and entertainment; and you might even walk away helping a community project with a great auction item,” Perrault said.

Tickets are $60 (includes meal and entertainment). For tickets and information, call Wakamow Valley Authority at: 692-2717.

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Wakamow Valley Authority, Champs Sports Bar Restaurant, Times-Herald Wakamow Sportsman Centre Aerosmith Blind Lemon News

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