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Elora Fergus Arts Council, Windjammers partner for charity concert for Groves

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, group has chosen to showcase its musical talents to raise vital funds to advance surgical care close to home
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The Elora Fergus Arts Council has partnered with Windjammers to host a charity concert to benefit Groves Hospital Foundation.

The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fergus. Entrance will be by donation, with proceeds supporting the purchase of a new Mini-C Arm for Groves Memorial Community Hospital’s Surgical Services Department.

Founded in 1993 by Larry Orr, Windjammers swiftly made a mark in the musical domain, earning the title “Canada’s Finest Pops Wind Ensemble” after their 1997 performance at the Guelph Spring Festival.

Beyond entertaining audiences, they've demonstrated a longstanding tradition of supporting local charities through pops-style concerts. They have raised nearly $90,000 through their philanthropic efforts over the decades.

As the Windjammers celebrate their 30th anniversary, they have chosen to showcase their musical talents to raise vital funds to advance surgical care, close to home, for our community.

The new Mini-C Arm will greatly advance orthopedic surgical procedures at GMCH, by allowing surgeons to take dynamic x-ray images during surgery. This will be especially helpful for the nearly 200 hand/wrist/forearm surgeries expected to take place at GMCH this year, which are performed by orthopedic surgeons Dr. Peter Schuringa and Dr. Elyse Jewer.

Said Groves Hospital Foundation executive director Lori Arsenault: “We were thrilled when the Elora Fergus Arts Council approached us, earlier this year, with the idea of a Windjammers concert to benefit Groves. Third party events, like this charity performance, are a wonderful way for our community to support the purchase of vital equipment and technological tools for our hospital. We are so excited for the concert and thank the Windjammers and Arts Council for choosing us as beneficiaries.”

All donations will be directed to this vital new piece of equipment.

For questions regarding the Elora Fergus Arts Council, contact Susan Thorning: [email protected]

For questions regarding the Windjammers, contact Judith Douglas: [email protected]

For questions regarding Groves Hospital Foundation, contact Lori Arsenault: [email protected]