“We are a nation of barn raisers.”
– Governor General David Johnston New Year’s Message December 28, 2011
On November 14, 2011 Brian and Sue Feddema of Round The Bend Farm were
devastated to watch their two barns burn to the ground. The Kettleby area
landmark has been a beloved farm destination for families throughout the GTA
since 1986. Two 100-ft barns were destroyed in the fierce night-time blaze, along
with 1500 turkeys destined for the holiday season. In the end, the Feddemas lost
their barns, turkeys, refrigeration and farm tools.
As word of the story spread, residents throughout York Region responded with
sympathy and requests on how to lend a hand. Area residents Steve Falk and
Walter Karabin were reminiscing about trips to the farm with their families just
after the tragedy when they decided to stage a fundraiser to help the family.
Mr. Falk is part of Aurora’s popular Thursday Night Jam Band, a 12-piece R&B
and Motown dance band. Together with King businessman Walter Karabin, they
are pleased to present Raise the Barn 4 Round The Bend Farm Fundraising
Dance on Friday, January 27 at 8 pm at The Manor Event Centre at Carrying
Place Golf Course. Township of King Mayor Steve Pellegrini has
enthusiastically agreed to act as Honourary Chair of the fundraiser. Tickets are
$50, and include a selection of substantial hors d’oeuvres, a pasta bar and
saganaki station, along with live entertainment donated by The Thursday Night
Jam. With guitars, percussion, a trio of singers and a full horn section, audiences
will dance the night away to a potent mix of hits by Stevie Wonder, James Brown,
The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye and many more!
A silent auction and raffle will round out the festivities;
evening will be turned over directly the Feddema Family in their efforts to recover
from the tragedy.
Tickets for this licensed event can be purchased at two Township of King
locations (The Trisan Centre in Schomberg, and the Nobleton Arena), area
TD Canada Trust Banks (King City, Yonge & Wellington branch in Aurora, Green
Lane branch in Newmarket, and Nobleton) or online at:
www.raisethebarn.eventbrite.com. A small service charge will apply to tickets
purchased online. Dress for the event is casual. For those unable to attend that
evening, financial contributions to the Feddema family can be made either online
(to the Eventbrite address above) or at the TD Canada Trust branch in King City.
The barn raising spirit, championed by our Governor General, His
Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, lives on in York Region.
What: Fundraising Dance in support of Round The Bend Farm
When: Friday, January 27, 2012 7:30 pm – 12 am
Where: The Manor Event Centre – Carrying Place Golf Course
16750 Weston Road, Kettleby
More Info: Tickets, $50 www.raisethebarn.eventbrite.com
And at area TD Canada Trust branches and Township of King outlets
Like “Raise the Barn 4 Round The Bend Farm” on Facebook –
post your family pictures and stories on the site!
For further information, or to speak with event organizers Steve Falk and
Walter Karabin about this community endeavour, please contact:
Jane Taylor, Publicity: jane.taylor4@
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