The tragedy in Newtown has made a lot people wonder if there's anything they can do to help the many victims of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. Locally, Allan Boynton, President of the Artist Booking Management Group (ABMG) is putting on a benefit concert that will take place January 16th at the Stampede Ranch on Woodlawn in Guelph.
The full press release is below, but the organizers are also looking for community partners to help sponsor the event and to donate to the accompanying silent auction. If you're interested in group sales tickets or are interesting in helping out, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the ABMG website.
Toronto, Canada. While the town of Newtown, Connecticut begins their healing process from the horror that was witnessed and experienced on Friday, December 14th, 2012, many around the world have taken NBC’s Ann Curry’s pledge “Inspired to Act, #26 Acts of Kindness to honor those lost.” Her message has resonated, resulting in random acts of kindness and includes a special benefit concert on January 16th, 2013 at The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph, Ontario [Canada].
Created by Allan Boynton, President of ABMG, the “Country Cares” benefit concert will feature live donated performances by the area’s local country musicians featuring The Reklaws, Steve Rivers, Billy J White, Ty Baynton, The Steve Mathews Band and The River Junction Band. Entire proceeds from the evening including silent auction items will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund http://newtownmemorialfund.org/donate/ which aims to assist with funeral expenses, the creation of a community wide memorial and a college scholarship fund for the students of Newtown Public Schools in Connecticut.
“The events in Newtown, Connecticut have touched all of us,” said Boynton. “Everyone is thinking of the children, the families, the teachers. We can do our part even though we are 825 kilometers away. The ‘Country Cares’ benefit concert is a way for our community and our corporate partners to get involved and let Newtown know that we care.”
The Stampede Ranch has generously donated their venue for this one evening event and can accommodate 1000 attendees. No costs will be incurred for the execution of this show. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Corporate donations already are occurring and silent auction items are being received.