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'Love is in the Air' raises more than $17,000

The theme “Love is in the Air” was chosen as a way to bring together family and communities.

MEOTA — Organizers say the July 30 and 31 concerts in Meota were a huge success with all proceeds donated to Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation.

The theme “Love is in the Air” was chosen as a way to bring together family and communities. Through the performances of the entertainers, the community came together to raise over $17,155.

The coming together of terrific musicians, singers and entertainers who gave of their time and talent to raise funds for the foundation initiative, “Every Minute Matters,” will benefit the emergency department.

The performance began with Stephen Carter leading the ensemble with the theme song “Love Is in the Air.” This was followed by Jackson(5) and Annabelle(3) Baillargeon singing the refrain of “You Are My Sunshine.”

Beautiful and elegant Falynn Baptiste offered a spiritual message of hope with Bette Midler’s “From a Distance.”

Other performances included songs by Doris Day, John Lennon, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, The Bee Gees, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

The evening concluded with Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” with a surprise appearance by Carol Burnett singing “I’m so Glad we Had This Time Together!”

The evening's performances were held in the Meota Communiplex and were filled with appreciative audiences that exceeded 450 attendees. Their enthusiasm propelled a lively performance of singing, dancing and violin playing; featuring Keegan Isaac who performed his original composition “Sweet Memories.”

Cenovus Energy was the corporate sponsor donating $6,500. Discovery Co-op, Gold Eagle Casino, Trojan Aggregates and Sobeys were also instrumental in providing donations.

— Submitted by organizers of "Love is in the Air"