Eighth annual Rock for Dimes fundraiser to raise money for Vancouver families living with disabilities
Six bands will shake Red Room Ultra Bar on Saturday, to raise an estimated $20,000 for families living with disabilities. Freshwater Sharks, Standard of Hair, Still Living at Home, No Reply, The Ringtones and Lex Appeal will compete for bragging rights, at the same time showcasing their talents to music industry professionals.
On board as judges are Odds drummer Pat Steward, 54/40 lead guitarist Dave Genn, music producers Jeff Dawson, Mike Fraser, Randy Staub and retired NHL player Gary Nylund. Kieran Wilkie, from media sponsor 96.9 Jack FM will be the evening’s host.
All proceeds benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year the charity will be donating up to $15,000 to help a family or individual living with disabilities in British Columbia retrofit a vehicle to become accessible. The presentation will be given during Rock for Dimes.
Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but they can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. The funding will be given to an individual or family who desperately needs a modified vehicle, but cannot afford it on their own.
“We are very excited to support a local individual or family living with a disability acquire a retrofit for their vehicle that will make their life a little easier,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “A similar grant was given at Rock for Dimes in Halifax in November, 2013 with great success, so we have tied our initiative to this fundraiser and hope to help families across Canada.”
Having a modified vehicle will make a life-changing impact on the selected recipient, removing or minimizing a life safety risk by providing transportation to receive necessary medical treatment. As well, the vehicle could help the recipient maintain or obtain full employment, have the chance to pursue their education and improve access to the community.
“Can Am Mobility is truly excited and honoured to be a sponsor of March of Dimes Canada's retrofit vehicle initiative in 2014. The retrofit will provide the lucky recipient with an enhanced freedom of living,” says Ed Stang, Certified Mobility Manager for Can Am Mobility, which will be providing the retrofit.
Sponsors include Gowlings, CIS, Singleton Urqhart Legal Counsel, Dollar Tree, Can Am Mobility and Temec Engineering. Airgo Mobility is the national sponsor, Long & McQuade the backline sponsor and 96.9 Jack FM the media sponsor.
Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the RedRoom Ultra Bar, located at 398 Richards Street. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person.
For more information or to order tickets please visit www.rockfordimes.ca/vancouver or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.