By Kyla Henderson
(reprinted courtesy of the Brandon Sun)
Whoever thought up the idea for “Wheatstock” should pat themselves on the back. What a fun and great idea for a fundraiser, put on by the Brandon Area Community Foundation Thursday night at the Canad Inns Roadhouse.
Taking to the stage were five local “bands” made up of Brandon businesses who donated members for a good cause. Each group played three tunes and for folks who don’t make garage-band a regular Friday night hobby, they did pretty darn well.
Performing were “Will and the Last Testaments”, a group of lawful minded Meighen Haddad & Co. lawyers; “Numberstruck”, a tally of accountants from Meyers Norris Penny; “ The Ink Spots”, made up of the good folks, including Michael Leech, of Leech Printing; “The Equities”, from Investors Group; and “ACC and the Sunshine Band”, featuring notables from Assiniboine Community College.
Keay Dobson-Golletz, Chair of the BACF, said the model was borrowed from two other communities that hosted similar events with great success. “We wanted to do a little something different,” Dobson-Golletz said. “It’s about raising funds and friends.”
The event was a complete sell-out, with all 325 tickets purchased. And Wheatstock guests were also buying up raffle, silent auction and live auction tickets. A large handful of sponsors helped make this event a success for the BACF, including RBC
Dominion Securities, Canadian Tire, Investors Group, Marlin Travel, Leech Printing, Westman Communications Group and the Canad Inns.
In addition to the sponsors named above, BACF wishes to thank Meighen Haddad & Co., Meyers Norris Penny, Assiniboine Community College, Cando Contracting, Brandon Sun, Westoba Credit Union, Leons,Westside Heating and Plumbing, Atom-Jet Industries, Western Concrete, BDO Dunwoody, Dick Agencies, D&B Sprinklers and South End Lumber. A huge thank you to Dean Stewart of Howling the Night Away Productions for his sponsorship and exceptional effort in making the evening a success.