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Whispering Hills Country Music Association doles out $30,000

Eight non-profits benefit from Dec. 1 donation
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George Thompson plays the harmonica while Tom and Leona Bury cut a rug at the Jan. 5 Whispering Hills Country Music Association jam session at the Athabasca Senior’s Drop-in Centre. The assocation recently donated $30,000 to various local non-profits. Heather Stocking/AA
ATHABASCA – Santas Anonymous and the Edwin Parr Composite School band program are just two of the groups to benefit from $30,000 donated by the Whispering Hills Country Music Association (WHCMA) . 

At their monthly music jam held at the Athabasca Senior’s Drop-in Centre Dec. 1, the group gave donations to EPC for its band program, Theatre Athabasca to promote music and theatre, and the Athabasca Community Band for upkeep of their instruments. 

Other recipients include the Golden Memories Choir for promoting seniors’ music and the Athabasca Community Handbell Ringers. 

“We are pleased and excited about the generosity of the association,” said Monica Rosborough, minister of the Athabasca United Church and leader of the choir, in an e-mail. “Our group plans to invest in a set of hand chimes to use with our bells, and a workshop with a noted Edmonton educator.  We continue to develop our music skills and perform for groups around town.” 

Santas Anonymous in Athabasca also received a donation to help those in need, as did the Willowridge Community Association to help in its bid to become a heritage site and Pleasant Valley Lodge to help with building a walkway for residents. 

“Thanks go to all those who assisted at the casino to make these donations possible,” said WHCMA secretary and acting treasurer Lorraine Gislason. “Gifts were donated and a draw was made with proceeds of $300 going to Santas Anonymous.” 

At the Dec. 1 event, Christmas music was performed by the Handbell Ringers and regular country musicians with a potluck supper to wind down the day. 

The WHCMA meets the first Sunday of every month at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre starting at 1 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come take part or sit back and enjoy the music. 

Heather Stocking

About the Author: Heather Stocking

Heather Stocking a reporter at the Athabasca Advocate, a weekly paper in Northern Alberta. Heather covers all aspects of the news in and around Athabasca and Boyle as well as other small communities.
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