October 1st, 2011 (Bob Carver)
Rockin4Tabitha 6 was held at the Lonestar Bar and Grill (Ottawa) on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011. Our musical-themed fund-raiser has now been held at this same location for five of our six years. It is a great Ottawa music venue, and some of our regulars are now showing up in cowboy boots and having fun Texas Style!
This year, local blues/rock station DAWG FM came on board as our media sponsor, providing us with a very well produced 30 second commercial that they ran for close to a month. Special thanks to Dylan Black of DAWG for his help in making this happen.
Bobby's Blues Band (the first blues afficionado to send Bob an email with the 'solution' to this reference will win a 2012 Rockin4Tabitha build t-shirt) Texas Flood opened the night with a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute set, performing such SRV classics as ‘Cold Shot’, ‘The Sky is Cryin'’, ‘Look at Little Sister’, plus some lesser known but great tunes by Bob's favourite blues guitar slinger. Two ZZ Top classics were covered with help from Rod McLeod, who played some wicked slide and fattened up the sound with his Les Paul.
In a surprise 'special guest' spot, Bob was joined by keyboardist Andrew Muir, and The Tonettes, a six member gospel group. Bob's request for crossed fingers and good wishes before starting Mark Cohn's ‘Walking In Memphis’ must have paid off, because that piano-driven, gospel-backed song was one of the night's highlights. If anyone would like to see some of the musical evidence, check out our YouTube station (http://www.youtube.com/rockin4tabitha).
Texas Flood bass player and singer Brad Campbell and fellow members of the classic rock band Chameleon performed two sets of classic rock and roll that had our crowd up and dancing the night away.
This year, we held a silent auction with items donated by Dave Bristow, a Canadian long distance driving competitor (custom built driver), Lush Handmade Cosmetics (Lush Legends Gift Box), Bob MacDonald of RBC (2 Ottawa Senators Tickets), Metro Music (Godin detour electric guitar), Team Royal Lepage (two Avril Lavigne concert box seats, and two Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert box seats), K2J Fitness (running course gift certificate and two technical running shirts), and Compact Music (Big Box O' Vinyl)
Thank you to everyone who provided these great items for auction. We raised $695 to add to our evening’s total.
Last year Bob was surprised by Max Keeping's presentation of a United Way “Community Builder Award”. Those who know Bob well could see that once he figured out what was going on, he was looking for a good place to hide. This year's surprise caught Bob equally unaware. Tony Sottile, CEO of Ottawa-based Modern Niagara Group, asked Bob for a couple of minutes of his time, asking for a bit more information about the Tabitha Foundation’s programs. Tony then handed Bob a cheque, saying he would like to support our work. Bob's eyes were not up to the task of seeing the $$$, said “thanks a lot, how much is it for?” (to be able to write the tax deductible receipt, of course) Tony replied; '$11,000'.....Bob's response of 'Holy Crap, are you serious'?? (Those who know Bob well also know that he is not 'politically correct') was immediately followed by more appropriate thanks.
Rockin4Tabitha would like to welcome our newest corporate partner Modern Niagara Group to the team!
Returning corporate sponsor Lush Handmade Cosmetics has already committed$25,000 to the 2012 build in Kong Kong province, and will once again sponsor several employees through a North America-wide employee contest to join the build team. Karen Wolverton and her daughter Chloe will be joining us for the second time.
It is truly heart-warming to be associated with two corporations who give back, donating hard-earned revenue to help us build more houses, put in more wells, and maybe even enable us to tackle a portion of a 'bricks and mortar' school this year.
Projections, including fundraising by our hardy build team members, Lush Handmade Cosmetics, Modern Niagara Group, and the $4500 we raised through the door and silent auction items, will take us OVER FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($50,000) this year! A new record!
Wendy Cunning, co-founder of R4T was heard to say; "Just think, in 2006 we raised seven thousand dollars and built four houses with seven builders. We have grown every year, but this is just amazing!"
We couldn't do it without you
The R4T Team