Singing for the youth

Donny Parenteau hosted a night of country music in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince Albert at the Exhibition Centre on Saturday night. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

Big Brothers Big Sisters raise an estimated $1,500 at country music concert

When Donny Parenteau approached Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Prince Albert development co-ordinator Natasha Thomson with the idea of holding a musical fundraiser for the organization, Thomson was immediately on board.

“We were delighted that he wanted to work for us on this because we know that he really likes to help youth as well, so it’s just a perfect fit,” Thomson said, noting that Parenteau recently performed at BBBS PA’s Music Unites us All fundraiser in November.

Thomson estimates that the concert, called Country in the City, raised about $1,500 for BBBS mentoring programs, in which adults are paired up with young people and spend time with them in school or after school for a few hours a week. The final sum will be calculated later in the week.

Thomson said there are around 50 children on BBBS’ waiting list.

“It’s really dear to my heart to help kids, to help the youth, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has been around for years in Prince Albert and … everybody needs a helping hand every now and then, right?” Parenteau said as he was preparing to go onstage.

“I wanted to do a fundraiser this year and put together a bunch of my friends and have an evening of performance. The Optimist Club came on board and helped with the event and then me and my band got together with my buddies and just put together a show.”

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