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Jason Blaine fundraiser helps the community to the tune of $50,000

Sarah Hyatt

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Country superstar Jason Blaine and Jamie Bramburger, who helped organize the Jason Blaine two-part fundraiser recently kick off the First Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic Wednesday.

SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER Country superstar Jason Blaine and Jamie Bramburger, who helped organize the Jason Blaine two-part fundraiser recently kick off the First Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic Wednesday.

SARAH HYATT

 

Part two of fundraising with country superstar Jason Blaine kicked off Wednesday with a sold-out best-ball tournament at the Pembroke Golf Club.

More than 150 golfers hit the greens early in the afternoon, after the night prior Blaine and his friends were auctioned off for the tournament as golf partners, at the first ever Annual Jason Blaine Night With the Stars concert.

People stormed the Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC) Tuesday evening, as Blaine was joined by country sensations Gord Bamford and Kira Isabella, and dozens vied for a chance to play with the stars on their teams, enjoyed a few laughs and best of all, all the recent fun will help Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley’s capital campaign and the Pembroke and Area Boys and Girls Club.

At the dinner Wednesday night, the big cheque revealed $50,000 had been raised by the event, which was two years in the making thanks to the dedicated committee that has been working behind the scenes to pull things together.

“It’s been an unbelievable two days,” said Jamie Bramburger, manager of community and student affairs at Algonquin College and committee member.

With two sold-out events, the support and response from the community has been phenomenal, he pointed out. Then again, Bramburger wasn’t surprised, however. “Jason’s an incredible talent,” he said.

Blaine’s mom and dad, Cheryl and Blaine McEwen, added their expectations were also well exceeded.

“It blows my mind, him living all the way down there [in Nashville] and yet the way this has all come together, it’s amazing,” Cheryl said.

The McEwen’s agreed, they were more than proud and amazed at how well the back-to-back fundraising events went. Jason had a vision, Cheryl noted, and somehow the marvellous committee and many people behind this, with him just made it happen, she continued.

A humble Blaine surrounded by lots of laughter and smiling faces on the golf course said everyone just did their best.

The Pembroke native was inspired to bring to life the fundraiser by his friend Bamford, who hosts a similar event in his hometown in Alberta. Blaine’s always remained passionate about finding ways to give back to his hometown.

And in the end, the award-winning singer said he couldn’t have asked for anything more from his hometown community.

“It was a good show, a fun event. I’m thrilled to have Gord here with me and Kira last night…”

Blaine also went onto thank the many others who took the time to help make the two-part fundraiser successful, his amazing committee and the many other special guests whom helped with the events, like GM for the Ottawa Senators Bryan Murray and former Canadian Forces sniper and Amazing Race finalist Jody Mitic.

It’s nice to be back home and see Algonquin College have grown into this beautiful facility in the heart of downtown Pembroke too, and see and hear about how the Boys and Girls Club is progressing as well, Blaine went on to say.

The country star is an Algonquin College graduate himself. It’s hoped with the monies raised, the college’s capital campaign and boys and girls club can continue to shine, Blaine said.

But it wasn’t all about the fundraising, Bramburger noted. For the community, this has also been an opportunity to celebrate a local guy and what he’s achieved, he explained. “We’re also happy for Jason’s successes and we want him to know that too, and obviously appreciative that he continues give back to us in a really big way.”

Sarah Hyatt is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.

sarah.hyatt@sunmedia.ca


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