Robertson-Wood Family Fundraiser

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MARIA members Billy Joe Green, X-Status and Dead Indians are some of the local artists who will be performing for the Robertson-Wood Family Fundraiser this Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg. “We’re hoping to raise enough money to bring our two boys with us to Edmonton for our three-year-old daughter’s open heart surgery,” explains Calvin Wood, the event organizers and proactive father. “If we raise more than we need, we’re going to make a donation to the Variety Heart Foundation... they pretty much saved our daughter’s life.”

Wood’s daughter was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a condition that the American Heart Association states, “ usually fatal within the first days or months or life unless it's treated” ( Treatment for Wood’s daughter’s condition must be handled in phases and the three-year-old has had two surgeries already.

“I think that the recent history of the Anishinabe people includes too many broken families and it’s important for us to keep our families together as much as possible and break that cycle,” explains Anishinabe bluesman Billy Joe Green. “That’s why I want to perform and show my support.”

The evening is jammed packed with Aboriginal talent. Joining the aforementioned MARIA members are the Freebird Band, Venus Man Trap, Tall Dark & Hammered, Hunter, Kirk Harper, Gruff Tha Druid, and Caller Nine. Live art, a silent auction and door prizes are also planned. The fundraiser will be hosted by Ryan Black, a local actor and producer of Stryker and Dance Me Outside fame.

DATE: Friday, May 12, 2006
TIME: 8pm – 2am
VENUE: Pyramid Cabaret, 176 Fort Street
TICKETS: $10.00
CONTACT: Calvin Wood
P: 204.333.7273

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