RMAA hosting Dueling Pianos

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 06:00 am | By Lucas Punkari
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Van Walraven of the Dueling Pianos shows off for the camera during a previous showing.
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The Rocky Mountain Athletics Association (RMAA) will be holding fundraising events in Crossfield and Didsbury on November 29 and 30. The events will bring the Dueling Pianos act from Las Vegas to Rocky View and Mountain View counties.

“We thought that we would do something that is both fun and different,” RMAA fundraising coordinator and Didsbury resident Garth Schindel said.

“Plus, an event like this will draw people from other areas who wouldn’t normally come up to something like this.”

Preparations for this event have been in the works since February, when the RMMA began to look into ideas for fundraising events.

“We got into contact with Greg Wing of Airdrie, who brings up this act from Vegas for events like ours,” Schindel said.

“There’s actually a lot of work into getting an event like this together, as you have to get everything organized for it besides just getting the act in.”

“But we are looking forward to it, and I know that those from Dueling Pianos are as well, as they get to perform in front of a fresh audience,” he added.

The funds raised at this event will be used to help keep costs down for the RMAA, which is the governing body for peewee, bantam, and midget hockey for Crossfield, Carstairs, and Didsbury.

“Our goal is to raise enough money to keep minor hockey affordable for the average parent, as the costs are just skyrocketing and it’s becoming too costly for them,” Schindel said.

“If we don’t have fundraising events like this, our registration costs will end up going beyond the reach of the average parent.”

“We would like to raise $20,000 from this event, but we are just hoping for the best,” he added.

A Dueling Pianos performance will take place on Nov. 29 at the Crossfield Community Centre at 6 p.m.

On Nov. 30, a family show will be held at 2 p.m. at the Didsbury Arena, with an evening performance slated for 6 p.m. at the same location.

“Tickets for both of the evening shows are $65 with a meal included, and the family show tickets cost $10,” Schindel said.

“We are also offering sponsorship packages for companies that wish to buy a whole table, as it can be something they can use for a Christmas party idea.”

Those who are looking for more information about the event can contact Schindel at VegasChristmas@gmail.com


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