• John Taggert, Jean Calberry, Pat Blandford, Dai Bassett, Barb Desilets and Marg Bauer. Missing from photo are: Gerry Bimm, Art Jamieson, Gerry Blandford, Fay and Hans Kolpin.

For immediate release

November 1, 2012

Music, friends and plenty of support for RVH

A new project spearheaded by a local musician and a small team of volunteers is doing double duty by raising funds for various organizations along with local hospitals.

By holding just four free concerts so far, the Dai Bassett and Musical Friends Ottawa Valley Concert Tour has raised $1,280 for area hospitals. A cheque for $642 was recently presented to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital’s Foundation Director, Barb Desilets.

“We sure would like to come back in a few months with another $500 for RVH,” says Bassett, who is also a local radio host. With the help of nine others on the Concert Tour bandwagon, the group has been coordinating efforts with organizations to secure venues in Renfrew and beyond.

The performance is billed as a completely free event, with concert-goers asked to contribute a freewill offering at the door—as little or as much as they wish. The collection is split evenly between the host organization’s choice of charity and the closest community hospital.

In return, everyone gets to enjoy a couple of hours of toe-tapping tunes featuring Bassett and a few other local singers.

They perform many standard songs that people can sing or dance along to, says Bassett. “It’s a really easy-listening mix of styles and songs. It’s the stuff that everyone loves to hear.”

He also has his own CDs for sale and donates $2 from each sale of From My Heart To Yours to community hospitals.

“We’re very pleased with the way it’s going so far and the idea is beginning to ripple out from Renfrew and the crowds are starting to grow,” comments Bassett.

“What a great idea and it’s especially nice to see that there are two beneficiaries from every concert,” says Desilets. “We appreciate all of the time and energy that goes into raising each dollar, and these folks have put a lot of effort into putting on a good show and helping out the community.”

You can check local community calendars for upcoming concert dates. Or any organization wanting to invite the group to perform as part of this fundraising initiative can contact Dai Bassett directly at (613) 281-4528.

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