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$5856 for Hillcrest Lodge

Updated: May 10

Orillia Concert Band’ & ‘Orillia Big Band’ Raised $5,856 for Hillcrest Lodge!!! (Photo caption: OCB President Brady Aubin presents Hillcrest Lodge BOD President Michael Jones with a cheque for the balance of the $5,856 raised at the OCB/OBB Hillcrest Lodge Fundraising Concert!) On Saturday, 21 October, the Orillia Concert Band and the Orillia Big Band teamed up to put on a fundraising concert with proceeds going to Hillcrest Lodge, a low income senior’s residence in great need of support. First, the bands want to give a huge thank you to those who attended the concert and to those who made donations in person or online to support Hillcrest Lodge. A huge thank you is also due to the Community Foundation of Orillia & Area for providing a grant to offset most of the concert expenses, and to the Orillia Concert Band for paying for the balance of expenses. Thanks to them, all the money raised at the concert, admission and donations totalling $5,856, was presented to Hillcrest Lodge. The Orillia Concert Band played during the first half of the evening with standout tunes being “Poet and the Peasant” and “A Trombone Family Reunion”. The Orillia Big Band closed out the concert with a number of rousing jazz and big band standards like “Orange Coloured Sky” and “Take the A Train”. Vocalist Milli Schop wowed the crowd, singing with both bands. Both bands were conducted by the very talented Randy Hoover. The evening was kept on the tracks by ‘Master of Ceremonies’ Blair Bailey. Hillcrest Lodge was founded in 2006 for the purpose of providing geared-to-income housing to low-income, marginalized seniors and has become home for 30 very happy residents, actively providing bachelor apartments, two nutritious meals a day and a companionable community . This facility is unique in Canada. Recent inflationary pressures are causing costs to rise and Hillcrest Lodge needs the support of the community to make ends meet. This is a worthy cause to support and if you wish more information please check out their website www.hillcrestlodge.org . If you wish to make a donation to Hillcrest Lodge they have a donation page on their website. You can check out upcoming concerts from the Orillia Concert Band website www.OrilliaConcertBand.com and the Orillia Big Band website www.OrilliaBigBand.com . Tickets are available now for Orillia Concert Band’s pair of Christmas Concerts, both on Saturday Dec 2nd, the family friendly “Afternoon Christmas Concert” and an Orillia tradition “Christmas Prelude Concert” at www.OrilliaConcertBand.com/tickets .


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