Rock for Dimes Halifax - A Night to Remember!
The Cunard Centre rocked at the Ninth Annual Rock for Dimes! The theme was 'Tribute Bands' and over 500 guests got to hear a unique take on Matchbox 20, Bon Jovi, Alanis Morrisette, David Bowie, The Commitments and Fleetwood Mac. Over $30,000 was raised, bringing the total raised in Halifax to well over $200,000.
Red C, Project 501, Terminal Road, Sophie's Choice, Sound Castle and The Goldilocks Effect were the competing bands, performing in front of Heartsparks music therapist Anna Plaskett, musician John Mullane of InFlight Safety and Q104’s Tom B, who once again pulled double duty as judge and the evening’s MC.
It was a very close contest, but Terminal Road, comprised of members of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, was declared the event winner.
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.
As well, for the second year, March of Dimes Canada provided $15,000 to help a woman living with a disability retrofit a vehicle to become wheelchair accessible. Vehicle modifications allow people living with disabilities the freedom of mobility, access and community participation that so many of us take for granted – but modifications can be prohibitively expensive, and out of reach for those with limited or fixed incomes. Kimberley Lovett is the grateful recipient of funding from the Istvan and Barbara Haas Vehicle Retrofit Fund. Click here to read more about Kimberley.
We want to thank all our sponsors, including our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo Medical, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, League of Rock and Agency59, our platinum sponsor Stewart McKelvey, gold sponsor McInnes Cooper, as well as our local sponsors.
Thank you to all the bands, volunteers, judges and attendees. It was an amazing night and we look forward to seeing everyone next year for the 10th Anniversary in 2015!