CFOS-Sun Times Christmas Fund Broadcast will be staged Dec. 2
Approximately 30 acts will take the stage at the Roxy this weekend as they perform to raise funds for 23 local charities and organizations.
The 79th annual CFOS-Sun Times Christmas Fund Broadcast will be staged Dec. 2 from 1 -8 p.m., as organizers show off some local talent while raising thousands of dollars for worthy local causes.
“We do this to raise funds for community groups that serve all of Grey and Bruce counties, with a focus on helping senior citizens and children,” said Curtis Armstrong, Postmedia’s director of media sales for Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth.“At the same time, we showcase talent from all over the region of different genres of music, having them perform on stage, which is then broadcast out live to all of the listeners,” Armstrong said.
Organizers have again set a goal of $25,000, after raising approximately $27,000 last year. This year, the big recipient of the broadcast is the MRI Campaign being conducted by Grey Bruce Health Services’ five hospital foundations.
The campaign, with a $4.7-million goal, will receive half of the first $10,000 raised from the broadcast. The other two big recipients will be Big Brothers Big Sisters Owen Sound and Area and the Rainbow Program for traumatized children by the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association, both of which will receive $2,500. All other funds raised will be split evenly between 20 other charities and organizations.
The recipients include the Beaver Valley Outreach food bank in Thornbury, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services Foundation, Brucelea Haven in Walkerton, Gateway Haven in Wiarton, Golden Town Outreach food bank, Grey-Bruce Autism, Grey-Bruce Women’s Centre in Owen Sound, Grey Gables in Markdale, Keystone Residence Program for Youth at Risk, Lee Manor in Owen Sound, the Owen Sound Hunger and Relief Effort, Owen Sound firefighters toy drive, Inter Township firefighters toy drive, Rockwood Terrace in Durham, Salvation Army food bank in Owen Sound, Safe ‘N Sound homelessness initiative in Owen Sound, St. John Ambulance, Victim Services Grey-Bruce and Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey.
“What is nice is that every dollar that is raised is donated directly to these groups through the Christmas Fund Broadcast,” Armstrong said. “It is nice to see two of the media organizations that serve the area get together for almost eight decades and all the work that goes on between our two companies, along with our partners in the community, and everyone who contributes to making this day a success for us all.”
The acts kick off just after 1 p.m. with the Owen Sound City Band taking the stage, while Rob Elder will finish things off, hitting the stage at 7:40 p.m. Other acts include The Shoretones, Harold Crigger, Sonlite Quartet, Mackenzie Music Studio, James Skarnikat, Dave Randall, and Keppel-Sarawak school. In between the acts, the pledges being made by the many different groups and individuals who donate will be read out.
It will all be broadcast live on 560 CFOS.
“It is a chance to not only perform in front of a live audience, but it is also broadcast out so if they have family and friends listening from home, they can hear them as well,” Armstrong said. The public is invited to attend the Roxy to take in the broadcast live. Admission is just 25 cents or a donation to the food bank.
“It is nice to be up on stage and look out and see the Roxy theatre full of people,” said Armstrong. “Oftentimes it is the family members of some of the children who are performing from various music classes or choirs from different schools or organizations from throughout the area.”
Funds are already being collected for the broadcast, and as of Wednesday an estimated $3,700 had been raised. The Sun Times have published a pair of calendars this year, with proceeds going to the fund. The Wildlife of Grey and Bruce and Birds of Grey and Bruce calendars include photographs submitted by locals. The calendars can be purchased at The Sun Times at 290 9th St. E. during business hours.
The Owen Sound branch of RBC will again be involved in the broadcast by managing the funds raised and issuing charitable receipts. New this year, people will be able to drop off their pledges at any RBC branch in Grey-Bruce.
Anyone wishing to donate should call 519-376-2250 during the event, dropping into the Roxy during performances, or dropping money off at Grey-Bruce RBC branches during business hours.