Jason Blaine gala, golf classic raises $90,000
Sean Chase/Daily Observer As he unveiled a cheque for $90,00, the amount raised by his two-day fundraising event, Jason Blaine is surrounded by performers and committee members (from left) members of the Rivertown Saints, Marianne Minns, Rhodina Turner, Tracey McBride, Cathy Warren, Dan Davidson, Marie Mask, Blaine, Angela Schutt, Tami Sylvestre, Matt Bradley and Jamie Bramburger.
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Jason Blaine and his friends have done it again.
The Canadian country music star and Pembroke native once more delivered an incredible two-day benefit, that included the Night with the Stars Fundraiser Gala at the Pembroke Memorial Centre, that raised $90,000, a record amount for the four-year-old event.
“This would not be possible without the support of my country music friends,” exclaimed an appreciative Blaine Wednesday night as supporters and members of the business community wrapped up his day-long Golf Classic at the Pembroke Golf Club.
This year's edition included Juno Country Album of the Year nominee Aaron Pritchett, rising country music star Dan Davidson, Western Swing Authority, the Arnprior-based River Town Saints and NHL hall of famer and former Toronto Maple Leafs star Doug Gilmour. Last year, Blaine took in $80,000. Prior to last night, the Jason Blaine gala and golf classic has brought in a total of $200,000.
Blaine not only thanked the support of key sponsors and businesses but his volunteer committee who tirelessly co-ordinates the event in his absence. Blaine now makes his home in Nashville with his wife, Amy, and children, Grace, Carter, Sara and Kaden.
“I have the most amazing committee and I could not have done this without them and the support of the local business community has been so amazing,” he said. “What I do is create music and I so appreciative of everyone rallying around the music and putting on a fun event to help us give back to the hometown that has been cheering me on for my whole career.”
Blaine last appeared publicly here at the Hometown Hockey broadcast at the Petawawa Civic Centre on New Year's Day. He is excited about the future with his new single, “Born to Love,” coming out in July. Whether on the road or recording in Nashville, the Fellowes graduate relishes any chance to come back to the area.
“There is such a strong sense of home when I am here,” Blaine remarked adding it was this love of Pembroke and area that stirred him to launch this benefit. “This is my small way of giving back to my hometown.”
This year's beneficiaries are the Pembroke/Petawawa Community Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke and Algonquin College's Pembroke Waterfront Campus, which has set up a new endowment fund that will lead to bursaries that will support students financially so they can attend college. Additional funds from the gala and tournament will be made available to special initiatives and projects within the Pembroke region.