WESTLOCK - Although the seventh-annual Nelly’s Night fundraiser has been shelved for 2020, the Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation will host a special online event this Saturday.
To be hosted at the foundation’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/soulsistersmemorial) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, the virtual “Nelly’s Project” event will be about an hour long and will feature previous guests, guest speakers and entertainers. Folks who already follow or like the foundation’s page will receive a notification when they go live and if you happen to miss the event it will stay up on their Facebook page with access to replay.
“We knew in May that with the way the pandemic was placing restrictions on public events that we would not likely be hosting our annual fundraiser. It wasn’t until two weeks ago during our Zoom meeting that the suggestion came up to do a virtual event reaching out to some of our past entertainers, guest speakers, etc. We couldn’t believe the response,” said foundation president Christine Vachon.
“We will be posting a link to Soul Sisters if people feel like making a donation; although our intent was just to have a fun night from the comfort of your own home.”
Long-time Nelly’s Night host Danny Hooper will split hosting duties and Vachon encourages supporters to put on their best dress shirt, or outfit, get some snacks and a drink and be prepared to reminisce about some amazing moments that have happened over the past years.
“This will be a fun way to see some of our past guests, listen to Danny tell some stories and see a few of the Soul Sisters in person. We hope you join us,” she added.
Formed in 2014, the Soul Sisters Memorial Foundation focuses on mental health issues and suicide prevention. To date the foundation has raised over $1.2 million via its yearly fundraiser “Nelly’s Project” which has benefited such projects/organizations like Westlock Victim Services, Pilgrims Hospice, The Robb Nash Project, Farmer’s Appreciation Night & Men’s Mental Health Event. All of the workshops and grief counseling in the community are free to the public.
See a recap on the event in the Oct. 6 Town & Country This Week.
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