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Eastway, Pet Valu step up as lead sponsors for Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament

By Tina Peplinskie, OBSERVER MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

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With less than a month to go before the Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament, work is ongoing to put the finishing touches on the event. Support from sponsors makes the event possible. Celebrating the lead sponsors (from left) Dan Bedard of Eastway, organizing committee members Marianne Minns and Tracy McBride, Melissa Robinson of Pet Valu and her dog Daisy. Eastway and Pet Valu each contributed $10,000 towards the event. The group is showing of a signed Fender guitar that will be up for grabs at the live auction at the concert June 12.

Tina Peplinskie/Daily Observer: With less than a month to go before the Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament, work is ongoing to put the finishing touches on the event. Support from sponsors makes the event possible. Celebrating the lead sponsors (from left) Dan Bedard of Eastway, organizing committee members Marianne Minns and Tracy McBride, Melissa Robinson of Pet Valu and her dog Daisy. Eastway and Pet Valu each contributed $10,000 towards the event. The group is showing of a signed Fender guitar that will be up for grabs at the live auction at the concert June 12.

The countdown is on the the fifth annual Jason Blaine charity concert and golf tournament.

Once again Eastway and Pet Valu have stepped up as the lead sponsors for the two-day event, which includes the Night with the Stars concert at the Pembroke Memorial Centre June 12 and the golf tournament at the Pembroke Golf Club on June 13.

In the first four years, the event has raised approximately $300,000, all of which remains in the community. This year's beneficiaries are Blaine's new endowment fund at Algonquin College's Waterfront Campus in Pembroke that will provide bursaries to students in financial need, as well as the Pembroke and Area Boys and Girls Club and the Pembroke-Petawawa District Community Foundation which oversees Blaine's charitable fund. The remaining money raised will be disbursed to community organizations that will have an opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 through the Helping Our Community Fund.

“None of this would be possible without the phenomenal support of the community,” said Tracy McBride of the New Star 96.7, who is a member of the event's planning committee. She added the fact that the money helps community groups is a “win/win for everyone involved.”

In April, Blaine announced he would be joined by newcomers JoJo Mason and music duo Petric as well as mainstays The Western Swing Authority and River Town Saints for the Night with the Stars concert. They will also hit the golf course the next day.

Since Blaine lives in Nashville, the planning is left to a dedicated committee here at home, a group for which he is incredibly proud and thankful.

“We have another great line up of artists this year that everyone is going to love and also a few fun new things planned for our golf day as well,” Blaine said recently. “I have to say, I’m truly humbled by the support of all of our returning sponsors, most of whom have been with us since year one and all have all helped us continue to make a real meaningful impact for wonderful community causes. My family and I look forward to seeing everyone again in June!”

The Night with the stars will feature a live auction with many exciting items up for grabs including a Fender guitar signed by Tim Hicks, Chad Brownlee, Deric Ruttan, Lindsay Ell, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, William Michael Morgan, James Otto and members of High Valley and the James Barker Band.

A limited number of tickets for the June 12 concert are available by calling the city of Pembroke recreation office at 613-735-6821 ext 1501 or by stopping by the PMC during regular business hours. The golf tournament is sold out.

Tpeplinskie@postmedia.com

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