Stampede party gives back

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 08:53 am

Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson gets dunked at The George Traditional House’s Stampede Charity Fundraiser last year. This year’s event is on July 12.
Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson gets dunked at The George Traditional House’s Stampede Charity Fundraiser last year. This year’s event is on July 12.
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The greatest outdoor show on earth may be almost over, but that isn’t stopping one Okotoks establishment from getting into the western spirit this weekend.

The George Traditional House is hosting its annual outdoor Stampede Charity Fundraiser featuring live entertainment by local bands, a dunk tank, bouncy castles, a barbecue, face painting and balloon animals July 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Foothills Country Hospice.

“I think this year is going to be the most popular one yet,” said event organizer Britney Moxley. “We did a lot more advertising and a lot more promoting for it.”

The annual event brings community members together every year to celebrate the Stampede south of Calgary. Donations made to the dunk tank and barbecue raised $4,500 last year.

Moxley said what The George has to offer that isn’t available at the Calgary Stampede is the opportunity to dunk Mayor Bill Robertson in the dunk tank.

Also expected to draw crowds is live music by folk/country musicians The Travelling Mabels and Maddison Krebs, as well as ’50s and ’60s rock and roll cover band the Sheep River Bandits.

The entertainment will continue in the evening with a performance by Okotoks cover band Remembering Days at 8 p.m. The $5 cover charge will go to the Foothills Country Hospice.

Local musician Ed Sands performs for both the Sheep River Bandits and Remembering Days said it’s great to have the opportunity to perform for charity.

“It’s giving back,” he said. “Rather than reaching in your pocket and giving up 100 or 200 bucks you give 100 or 200 bucks worth of your time.”

Sands said the Sheep River Bandits are playing a range of rock and roll tunes, and adding a little country, in this weekend’s performance.

“We do have some CCR and Shania, but we are not as country and western as the rest are going to be,” he said, referring to Maddison Krebs and The Travelling Mabels.

Remembering Days will offer a more varied selection in the evening with music in various genres from the ’70s on. Sands is joined by some of Okotoks younger musicians including his son Mike Sands, who plays lead guitar. The music includes songs by such musicians as Chuck Berry, Daft Punk, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Twisted Sister and Robert Palmer.

“I think we’ve got a really good lineup of music,” he said. “It’s really fun. What I like so much about it is it is from my era and these kids are playing it.”

Sands said the best part of Saturday’s performances is the money is going towards a good cause.

“It’s a great charity,” he said. “For the service they offer for terminally ill people there is no charge to the individual and it doesn’t come free. It comes from the generosity of the community.”

Dawn Elliott, executive director of the Foothills Country Hospice, said donations from community fundraisers make a big difference to the organization.

“As a registered non-profit organization, the hospice is regularly challenged with meeting its operation costs,” she said. “Events such as these continue to help sustain us. We’re most grateful for the unwavering support of individuals and businesses from the surrounding foothills region and the greater Calgary area.”


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