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Prince George Live! virtual event set for February 28

Mindy Stroet

Get ready for a night filled with local entertainers, artists, and community initiatives on February 28.

Prince George Live! is a fundraiser for the Prince George Community Foundation and, in these pandemic times, will be a virtual event … livestreamed on the foundation’s website and on CKPG.

“This is going to be an evening of local music, comedy, art, and interviews, as well as inspiring stories that put together bit of a glimpse of what the community foundation does in our community” said Kyle Sampson, who will be hosting the event. “This is going to be a fun night and hopefully a night of raising dollars.”

The goal originally raise $25,000 to coincide with the Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary. However, that has been upped to $50,000, thanks to Jim and Noreen Rustad who have committed to matching every dollar raised, up to $25,000.

Kyle Sampson

“We have a lot planned for our 25th anniversary year, but Prince George Live! is certainly going to be one of our most exciting and flashy initiatives,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development for the Prince George Community Foundation. “A lot of what was in the hopper for 2020 and now going forward had to be adjusted or postponed due to COVID-19, but we put this event together with the pandemic in mind and we are meeting all health restrictions to bring a safe and exciting event forward.”

The evening’s line up will include musicians Rick Stavely and Studio 720, artist Emily Holmes who will do a live painting which will be auctioned off; local comedian Mike McGuire as well as interviews who have been making a difference in the community.

“We’re really looking forward to try and touch a number of different areas of the community the entertainment and the stories and interviews,” said Sampson.

There will be no charge for people to watch the show, but there will be several ways for them to donate. The primary method will be through the Prince George Community Foundation website and phone call donations will also be accepted. There will also be a virtual silent auction which will include dozens of great items from local businesses.

And, like many gala evenings, you can have a special meal … if you wish.

“We are working with the folks at Farmhouse Catering to provide an order-in dinner opportunity which will see partial proceeds returning to the Foundation,” said Stroet. “The dinner program will have options for pickup or delivery and will be available online soon with links from the Foundation’s website.”

In addition to the donation matching campaign, the event is made possible by a number of sponsors. Canadian Tire Prince George has come onboard as the title partner for the event, while Wood Wheaton Supercentre stepped up to support as a gold partner, Scotiabank as a silver partner, and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group as the broadcast partner.

“We are overwhelmed by the commitment and support of our sponsors and partners; without them we would not be able to pull this thing off,” said Stroet. “That said, we are certainly welcoming more into the mix so if there is a business in town who would like to be a part of ‘Prince George Live!’ or with the Foundation in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the Foundation office and we can chat about opportunities.”

‘Prince George Live!’ will be broadcast to the masses free of charge via CKPG-TV, online at www.pgcf.ca, and on Facebook Live on the Community Foundation’s website at 6 p.m. on Sunday February 28.


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