Rock For Dimes Halifax – Fundraiser for March For Dimes: Friday, November 1st

RFD Halifax 2013 Poster

Rock For Dimes Halifax is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. During Rock for Dimes, amateur musicians compete for the title of their city’s best corporate band in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals. 

Rock For Dimes Halifax theme is “Here Comes The 70s” and features bands from Stewart McKelvey (Project 501 & Sophie’s Choice), McInnes Cooper (Red C), Burchell’s LLP (The Goldilocks Effect), AMG Medical (Terminal Road) and Cynthia M Scott, LLB and Freeman’s PharmaChoice (Dali Van Gogh).   

This is the eighth year for the fundraiser. Over $150,000 has been raised to date in Halifax at this annual event.  This year, The Coast Arts and Food Editor Stephanie Johns, Q104’s Anna Zee and musician Rich Aucoin (a.k.a. Buck 65) have been tapped as judges. Q104’s Tom B will be pulling double duty as judge and the evening’s MC.

Doors will open at 7p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Cunard Centre, Halifax. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students. For more information or to order tickets please visit www.rockfordimes.ca/halifax or call 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7380.

About Rock for Dimes Halifax and March for Dimes Canada

Rock for Dimes Halifax benefits March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) Nova Scotia Program, an innovative program that blends elements of education and rehabilitation to improve the independence, mobility and confidence of children with disabilities, and has proven especially beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and developmental apraxia.

Pennzoil is the presenting sponsor for Rock for Dimes fundraisers in 2013, partnering with March of Dimes Canada to donate $65,000, $15,000 of which will be used to retrofit a vehicle. Pennzoil’s support will help a selected family or individual living with disabilities in Nova Scotia to reclaim their freedom and love of driving.

“We are very excited to help a local individual, or family living with a disability, acquire a retrofitted vehicle that will make their life a little easier,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “We are so grateful to Pennzoil for providing this very generous donation. A modified vehicle will have a life-changing impact on the selected recipient.”

Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but they can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. The funding from Pennzoil and March of Dimes Canada will be given to an individual or family who desperately need a modified vehicle, but cannot afford it on their own.

“Freedom is a sentiment closely associated with the ability to drive an automobile. Yet, this freedom can be taken away if one has disabilities and cannot drive a standard automobile. Pennzoil supports organizations like March of Dimes Canada, which are dedicated to helping people with disabilities regain mobility and freedom,” says Bree Sandlin, Pennzoil Global Brand Manager.

The presentation of the retrofit will be given to the selected recipient at Rock for Dimes Halifax. 

Pennzoil is the presenting sponsor. The platinum sponsor is Stewart McKelvey, gold sponsor, McInnes Cooper, silver sponsors, MICCO Companies and Airgo Mobility, additional sponsors, Cunard Centre, Ferguson Music Productions, BMO Bank of Montreal, TD Bank Financial Group, Tour Tech East, Long & McQuade and media sponsors Q104 and The Coast.

March of Dimes Canada is also seeking volunteers to sit on a local committee, helping to improve outreach and expand programming throughout Nova Scotia. Interested applicants can email mstewart@marchofdimes.ca for more information.

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.

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