Jason Blaine Charitable Fund Delivers $80,000 to Local Organizations Just In Time for the Holidays
Canadian Recording Artist Jason Blaine is again spreading some holiday cheer through the work of his charity. The Pembroke area native has handed out $80,000 worth of cheques to local organizations, money that was raised at Blaine’s third annual charity concert and golf tournament held last June in Pembroke.
“It’s a great feeling to have the opportunity to provide these cheques to so many wonderful organizations in our community who are making a difference in the work that they do every day,” says Blaine, who is busy planning his 2017 event.
Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus is the biggest benefactor, receiving a cheque for $32,000 as part of the charity’s three year commitment to the college’s capital campaign. Moving forward, Blaine is planning to establish an endowment at the college that will support students in financial need by providing annual bursaries to help students pay for their educational costs.
Blaine is an alumnus of the Pembroke Campus Business program and has been an advocate for the college since graduating in 2000. He is also a father of four children and a great supporter of the Pembroke and Area Boys’ and Girls’ Club, an organization that has also benefited from the generosity of his charity since it was established.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club will receive $20,000 while three local food banks, the Salvation Army, St. Joseph’s Food Bank and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul soup kitchen, will receive $5,000 each, money that will greatly help the food banks re-stock their shelves at critical times of the year.
Not-for-profit organizations can again access $5,000 to train staff and volunteers in Mental Health First Aid and the remaining $8,000 has been given to the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation, which will reinvest in special community projects that require financial assistance.
Blaine continues to be overwhelmed by the incredible support he has received from local businesses and individuals who have embraced his charity by contributing to the overall success of his annual concert and golf tournament. “Over the past three years, we have now raised more than $200,000. I have heard first hand from the organizations that we have helped about how much of a difference the funding is making in the community, and that is very rewarding,” says Blaine. “
Blaine has lived in Nashville, Tennessee for the past ten years with his wife and four children. He has won multiple Canadian Country Music Association awards and has charted 15 hit songs, including several number one hits and music videos. He has leveraged his celebrity status to attract leading artists to his annual charity event in Pembroke. In the past three years, Gord Bamford, Kira Isabella, Tim Hicks, Chad Brownlee, Jason McCoy and Dallas Smith have performed and Blaine is promising another great line-up next year.
“We will be able to make some announcements soon,” says Blaine, “But for now we want to make sure people mark their calendar for June 13 and 14th, because it’s going to be another fabulous show.” Sponsorships for the 2017 Jason Blaine Charity Concert and Golf Tournament will be available early in the New Year. Last year, the sponsorships and the event sold out