FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A benefit concert featuring a number of local musicians is being held in two weeks to help raise money towards the construction of a local respite home in Fort St. John.
The Concert at the Creek is being put on to raise money towards making Kashton’s Community Respite Dream Home a reality. Shawna Marie Phillips’ son Kashton is quadraplegic, and requires ‘round-the-clock care. Kashton’s family was inspired by the lack of a respite home in the Peace Region – the closest is located in Prince George – to build one that would be available for those in need in the entire area community. Kashton mother and grandmother Rosemary Phillips purchased a home in Fort St. John several years with the intention of turning it into a respite home that would be able to provide care and housing for those with disabilities here in Fort St. John. Though the major purchase – the home itself – has been complete, Rosemary Phillips says that there are a number of items that the home still needs, including: an elevator, wheelchair-accessible shower/soaker tub, hospital-style beds, wheelchair lifts, and a sensory therapy room, among other items.
To help raise money for the project, the Phillips are teaming up with local musicians to host a benefit concert at the S/S Phillips Farm & Ranch, located on the Old Hope Road at Road 277, roughly 2 minutes west of the Alaska Highway near Charlie Lake. The concert is set to take place on Saturday, August 13th, and will feature a number of local musicians, including the Montney Coulees, Tom Cole, the Willie Siemens Band, and Gary Oker among others. Oker will also have a display of local art, and the family-friendly event will also feature a horseshoe tournament, kids piñata, silent auction, and an organic beef barbeque. The event runs from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Phillips says she hopes to see a crowd of 200 come out for the one-day festival.
Tickets for the Concert at the Creek for Kashton’s Community Respite Dream Home, which include the barbeque dinner, are limited in number and are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre for $50.00 each. Admission by donation is also available at the gates to the Phillips ranch on the day of.