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Orillia Vocal Ensemble concert to benefit Couchiching Jubilee House

Proceeds from Sunday's event will aid 'Filling the Gap' program
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Orillia Vocal Ensemble. Supplied photo

In a city that has more than its fair share of artistic and musical talent, you won't find a more community-minded group than the Orillia Vocal Ensemble. A self-described "pay it forward" community choir, they have raised over $100,000 for local charities since 2011.

Admission to Orillia Vocal Ensemble concerts is free. In lieu of purchasing a concert ticket, goodwill donations are appreciated. Under this model the OVE has successfully raised between $6,000 and $7,500 at recent concerts for The Sharing Place, The Orillia Early Years Centre and Hospice Orillia.

The OVE's next concert is being held at St. Paul's Centre on Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. with special guests Paul Brooks and Mike Milner on guitar and bass, in support of Couchiching Jubilee House. All funds raised will go towards Couchiching Jubilee House's 'Filling the Gap' program that provides recreation and mental health services for youth and kids participating in their program.

"Wait times for public mental health services for youth can be anywhere from eight to 12 months, and with no guarantee that they will see the same counsellor each time, there is no opportunity to build a trusting relationship," says Lynn Fisher, executive director of Couchiching Jubilee House. "Filling the Gap allows us to seek private mental health services and recreation activities to put children on the path to empowerment and successes."

Couchiching Jubilee House is a registered charity that empowers women to improve their quality of life through a program of individualized support and transitional housing. The program accepts women of all ages, with and without children dependants.

The Sunday afternoon concert, which is being sponsored by Dapper Depot, will include a broad range of contemporary music and more traditional choral works, written and performed by a variety of artists and composers.

For more information, please call 705 326-4337 or email: [email protected]