A double-barreled blast of Canadian rock will have you kicking out the jams while drumming up dollars for vital cardiac care.
Proceeds from the Oct. 21 Radio for Cardiology Benefit Concert VII, featuring The Trews and 50-40 at Casino Rama, will support the purchase of a cardiac catheterization lab at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
104.1 The DOCK presents the concert.
“We’re very excited to bring to Simcoe County our seventh Radio for Cardiology Benefit Concert,” said Paul Larche, president of Larche Communications Inc. and owner of 104.1 The Dock and KICX 106. “Again, here’s an opportunity to enjoy legendary rock performers and help raise money for much need advanced cardiac care in our region at the same time.”
The two radio stations have together pledged $500,000 to support the purchase of a cardiac catheterization lab as part of a future advanced cardiac care program at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie.
Currently, the closest cardiac care centre is in Newmarket ¬– outside the 90-minute ‘gold standard’ for treatment for many residents in Simcoe/Muskoka.
As a result, more than 3,500 heart patients annually travel to centres outside the region for lifesaving cardiac care.
Development of an advanced cardiac care program at the Barrie hospital will have a significant impact on bringing that care closer to home, organizers said.
“We could not do this without the generosity of Casino Rama,” Larche said. “Again, they are donating their entire facility and entertainment centre amenities at no charge.”
The two radio stations have since 2009 raised more than $1.2 million in support of RVH’s expanded imaging department, the purchase of a CT simulator for radiation treatment at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre and, now for advanced cardiac care.
The Oct. 21 concert brings to the stage The Trews, a band with 16 Top-10 Canadian radio singles to their name, and veteran rockers 54-40, the Vancouver group behind such favourites as One Gun, Baby Ran and I Go Blind.
Local band Code Blue opens the show, and features Shawn and Gary Murray, along with the orthopedic surgeon duo of Jim Delaney and Scott McKenzie, and ER doctor Paul Wilson.
Tickets, which range from $45 to $125 for VIP tickets, are available through the Casino Rama box office, Ticketmaster or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
Patrons must be 19 or older to enter Casino Rama’s entertainment centre.
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