Country music hits the right notes for Ukraine

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The combination of live country music and a chance to support the people of Ukraine led to a packed house at the Knight of Columbus Hall in Woodstock Saturday afternoon, April 30.

Al Cosman, a musician and organizer of the Jamboree for Ukraine, said the event raised more than $5,000 to support the Canadian Red Cross Ukrainian relief program.

"It was more than I ever expected," he said.

Admission to the afternoon was by donation, and people gave generously.

Before hosting the event, Cosman canvassed local businesses, which provided a great jump start for the benefit.

As the more than three hours of music drew to a close, Cosman said, donations were at just over $4,950. He said a generous contributor gave an extra $50 to help send total contributions over the $5,000 mark.

Music lovers are hungry for live entertainment, with jamborees only recently returning from an almost two-year COVID-forced hiatus. Cosman said they took advantage of the chance to support the Ukraine relief benefit while watching some of their favourite local entertainers on stage, including Noel Nason, who will enter the N.B. Country Music Hall of Fame in October.

Cosman said regular jamboree crowds usually come and go throughout the event, but Saturday's show, which started at 1 p.m. and ran past 4 p.m., was different.

"Most people came early and stayed for the whole show," he said.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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