Concert For Terry returns to St George’s Anglican Church on July 27

Stacked lineup for fundraising event at St. George's Anglican Church

Avery Raquel

Avery Raquel

A popular Wilmot Terry Fox Run (WTFR) fundraiser from last year returns on Saturday, July 27. “Concert For Terry,” hosted by St George’s Anglican Church in New Hamburg, will feature performances by seven musicians, all of whom are donating their performances.

Jazz musician Tim Louis and folk/pop singer/songwriter Ella Nafziger both played at 2018’s concert, as did Nafziger’s mother, Charlene. All three performers are back this year. New for 2019 are Jesse Parent, Avery Raquel, Dayna Manning and Rebecca Binnendyk. Local Juno Award-winner John “Beetle” Bailey also returns as the concert’s sound engineer.

Several of the artists donated songs for the WTFR’s On the Road CD, which was released earlier this year. Binnendyk happily gave her self-penned Stars for the album.

“I think Stars is perfect for every person that is fighting cancer or any other challenge in their life. To remember that each person has a story and a light to shine in the world,” she says.

Raquel’s song Hold On To Today is also on the CD. She says, “The song was written for a friend of mine whose aunt was going through Stage 4 cancer. She was like a mother to him, and he was having a hard time. I hope it brings the feeling of courage to others when they hear it.”

“Concert For Terry” was originally suggested by St George’s committee member, Carol Massel. She’d attended WTFR concerts held in New Hamburg businesses in 2017 and felt that “St George’s would be a wonderful addition.”

Massel says, “It has such a great acoustic quality that provides a quality environment for the artists’ musical talent. A dream of mine has been to use the historical church in this way.”

Her need to contribute is also very personal.

“My family has been touched by cancer, as many families have,” adding that she was looking for “any way that we can raise monies to help in providing knowledge and help for those that need treatment.”

Last year’s event raised over $1,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Nearly 80 cents of every dollar raised by the Foundation goes directly to fund cancer research.