PORT REXTON, N.L. — Last Wednesday, Music and Friends musical entertainment capped off their 12th season in Port Rexton, finishing for the summer.
The Lions Club was packed for the third week in a row—using chairs from the kitchen to accommodate the many spectators who wanted to attend the event.
The open-mic style music events run for seven to eight weeks each summer in Port Rexton.
Organized by Maureen Howard, Music and Friends also presented funds raised to different causes from the area, including:
• $2,000 for Autism Society NL;
• $2,000 for Bonavista Peninsula Dialysis Committee;
• $2,000 for scholarships at Bishop White School (top senior female and male students);
• $1,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities;
• $500 for the SPCA;
• and $400 for the local Lions Club.
Howard says they’ve raised well over $100,000 since the event began 12 years ago.
She told The Packet the events are only possible thanks to the many people who volunteer and help. She named the secretary treasurer Benice Vokey as vital to Music and Friends.
“Without her, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” said Howard.
The venue changed over the years, beginning in starting in a kitchen, moving to Goose Cove, being held at the gymnasium in Bishop White School, and now in the Lions Club.