Event to Highlight Fun, Fundraising and Local Small Business.
Brantford – NDP MP Wayne Marston (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek) will join a stacked line up of performers and presenters on Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Polish Hall on Pearl St in another exciting and unique event from the Brant NDP.
The New Democrat critic for Seniors and Pensions, Human Rights and the Deputy Critic for Industry (Steel) had this to say about his trip to Brant Riding, “When we are able to run dynamic young candidates like Marc Laferriere – who is a solid community leader with one of the most impressive resumes I’ve ever seen – I know the future is very bright indeed for the NDP and this community.”
The event Laferriere is calling a “fun-raiser” is an open invitation to celebrate the candidate’s 29th birthday in an accessible way. “We were looking to do something in March and it snowballed from there. It will be a fundraiser but it is also a birthday celebration. The focus will be on having fun at a great venue,” said Laferriere.
The event will take place at the Polish Hall on 154 Pearl Street on Saturday March 27th, 2010 after Earth Hour celebrations. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, young persons and those who are unemployed, underemployed or on strike. Tickets are available in advance by calling 519-751-9111, at Stir It Up!! or at the door.
Adding value to any of the funds collected at the event is the Federal Party’s promise to match every dollar donated to the Brant NDP by 50 cents in March and April up to $10,000.
“The Federal Party has been very supportive of the work we’ve been doing in Brant Riding not just in words but in actions too. We’ve grown substantially in the last 6 months and we see this as another opportunity to grow.”
Laferriere and his team have garnered attention for conducting unique, grassroots fundraising efforts that have focused on elevated numbers of individual donors across the economic spectrum like their very successful 90-cent dinner with Jack Layton in December and the candidate’s Nomination Meeting.
That meeting featured local spoken word artist Kiki Mahy and the winner of Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister Contest on CBC Amy Robichaud-Harpe who will both appear again Saturday as well as musical performances by Toronto’s True Notion who Laferriere will join on stage and headliners The Checkerboard Floors.
The event will also include free snacks, moderately priced beverages and a slew of door prizes that support local businesses.
“It is important for us to support and have the support of local small businesses. They are an economic engine in our community and if we don’t utilize them as a community we are poorer for it,” said Laferriere.
The prizes come from a variety of businesses including:
Alternate Icons, Custom Colours Tees, Galuppi Hair Design, Gleam Weavers Cleaning Service, Jamie Stephens Entertainment, Rawdon Automotive, The Ring Caribbean Restaurant, The Station House Coffee House and Gallery, Stir It Up!!, and Treks In The Wild.
Also appearing will be Paul Hartmann who is in town that day collecting signatures to get his late-Brantford born brother Phil Hartman on to Canada’s Walk of Fame. “I’m very excited to come to Brantford that day to drum up support for my brother. I can’t imagine a better way to end the night.”