Barrhaven Music Academy is looking to give back to their community once again. This time, however, the men, women and children who will benefit with be from another country altogether – in the rural, impoverished villages of the Dominican Republic.
In 2012, when the Academy first opened its doors, it hosted an outdoor fundraising concern in support of Stem Cells for Brynn. The event was successful in raising over $2,000 for the local charity, and all proceeds went towards Brynn Mclennan and her fight to bring stem cell treatments to Canada.
This time around, BMA is working with national organization LiveDifferent. A Canadian grassroots charity founded in 2000, LiveDifferent’s purpose is about making a difference in the lives of the people they encounter through high school presentations, humanitarian outreach programs and leadership development opportunities.
LiveDifferent is made up of three main initiatives, including the popular Hero Holiday. Hero Holiday is a program that provides youth and adults an opportunity to change their lives by meeting the needs of others who live in poverty. Throughout the year, Live Different provides opportunities for volunteers to participate in humanitarian relief projects by bringing practical assistance to those living in extreme poverty. Building homes, distributing supplies, providing food, mobile medical clinics and working with children at risk are example of how this organization has provided help to those who truly need it.
To show their support, BMA staff is organizing a student coffeehouse this month at the Royal Oak in Barrhaven.
The coffeehouse, hosted by BOOM 99.7’s Dylan Black, will feature over a dozen of BMA’s vocal, piano and guitar students (of all ages, levels and styles) who will take the stage to showcase their favorite songs in front of family and friends – to gain experience, sharpen their performance skills and support a great cause. One hundred percent of all proceeds raised will go towards an upcoming Hero Holiday in the Dominican Republic this fall.
Aside from great food and music, the evening will also feature a silent auction for guests to bid on a wide range of items, including two pairs of tickets to an Ottawa FC Fury game, gym membership to End Results Fitness, gift cards to Angelucci’s Fiamma Ristorante and Funhaven, Clinque and Joico gift baskets, paintings and crafts from local artists, and much, much more.
The event will also raffle off a giant Lone Star gift basket to one lucky audience member. Cash and cheque donations will also be accepted on site, and all direct donations are tax deductible and will be provided a receipt.
The BMA Coffeehouse in support of LiveDifferent will take place at the Royal Oak in Barrhaven, 4110 Strandherd Road, on Saturday, August 23 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Admission to the coffeehouse is free, and parking is available on site.
Barrhaven Music Academy was founded in 2012. Together with their staff of a dozen dedicated music and education professionals, they offer private lessons and group programs to over 300 weekly students in the Barrhaven, Riverside South and Nepean communities.