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John ‘Spyder’ MacDonald performs as party of Music LORDA on Sunday afternoon at the LORDA Park in Lansdowne. The event saw between 400-500 people attend the day of entertainment, which is an annual fundraiser for the park.
LANSDOWNE – In its fifth year, Music LORDA had one of its most successful years yesterday.
The annual fundraiser for LORDA Park in Lansdowne accounts for approximately seven per cent of the funds raised by the park each year according to curator Dave Leese.
“When we started this five years ago the local talent volunteered to put the show on and we tried it out,” said Leese. “It went so well that we got extra people involved and made the event a little bigger. The response to this event each year has always been terrific and this year we have talent from as far away as Shubenacadie. We have wonderful people that are all volunteer minded to help assist LORDA and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Approximately 400-500 visited LORDA Park yesterday for the event, which also had a bake sale, craft sale, barbecue, 50/50 draw and raffle draws. On top of what was sold during the day Scotiabank also matches all funds raised.
“Three years ago Scotiabank came on board with us to match ticket sales for a painting that we had donated to us, which we receive each year,” said Leese. “They sell the tickets for it and then match the amount sold. They also now match the funds we raise from the bake sale, 50/50 tickets, craft sale and the barbecue. They have been so amazing with all the support they have given us in assisting the park.
“We also can’t thank people enough for donating supplies or articles today for the sales or for the barbecue. All the help was unbelievable.”
Ross Bland, the president of the board of directors, said the goal isn’t necessarily to get people into the park it is a spinoff from hosting the event.
“The goal is to have this as a fundraiser each year and have entertainment throughout the afternoon, but part of it is having people coming in to see the park,” said Bland. “Seeing the crowd today is great because it will really help the park continue to be a successful part of the community. Our donations have been down lately due to a rainy spring, the economy and businesses donating elsewhere, but today will be a great help for us.”
Bland said the park’s biggest fundraiser is the sale of their maple syrup products, which were also on sale yesterday during the Music LORDA event. The cost to enter the park was $10 for adults, $5 for kids over 12-years-old, kids under 12-years-old free or a carload for $20.
Leese said he believes they had a good setup for the annual event, with the only difference each year is bringing in some different talent.
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