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Gone Country Concert Raises $275,000 For BC Cancer Foundation

Gone Country Concert Raises $275,000 For BC Cancer Foundation

Straw bales, sunshine, BBQ and great country music were enjoyed by many thanks to the hard working volunteers of Twins Cancer Fundraising.

Gone Country is an entirely volunteer powered event with proceeds going towards finding a cure for all kinds of cancer thanks to the twins, Jamie and Chris Ruscheinski. These men are a force to be reckoned with. Their energy, passion and dedication to those in need and the desire to put on a top notch event is obvious once you are in their presence.

On Saturday, July 25th Gone Country took over the Cloverdale Millenium Park. Country enthusiasts, cancer survivors and advocates got to enjoy fabulous entertainment value with Dave Hartney, The Tumbling Dice, Karen Lee Batten, Tebey and Blackjack Billy.

Nothing was spared at this event. BBQ, food trucks, straw bales to sit on, complimentary water and ice cold watermelon from Save On Foods. There was a large presence by Red Bull, & Sammy J’s, a VIP section and even a #GoneCountry #TCF Selfie wall. My favorite touch was the giant chalkboard with a rainbow of chalk that simply asked people to answer “What Would You Say To Cancer?”.

Gone Country Concert Raises $275,000 For BC Cancer Foundation

As for the music? Awesome! Dave Hartney and the Tumbling Dice started things off, then Karen Lee Batten came in with her mostly country and a little bit of rock n roll energy. She even played her new single “Big Love”. When the two stepping started, Tebey kept the energy going and sang his hit “When The Buzz Wears Off”. Headliners Blackjack Billy did not disappoint either with their energy and showmanship which got the crowd hopping before they finished the show with their song “The Booze Cruise”.

It was a fun night, but no one forgot why they were there. The twins goal was to surpass last year and raise $250,000 but with the rain and soggy fields there were a few doubts. Final calculations showed that with the sun coming out they raised $275,000.

This is one event worth supporting annually…and what a party!

Review by Larisa Wood
Photo credits: Larisa Wood, Blush Photography

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