Three South Okanagan animal care facilities are each $5,000 richer thanks to the Rodgers family.
Steve Rodgers, son of legendary musician Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Free and Queen fame, recently performed a sold-out benefit concert in Summerland at the I.O.O.F. Hall
Steve and Paul’s wife Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers attended the Critteraid Farm in Trout Creek last week to hand over $5,000 cheques to AlleyCATS Alliance, SORCO Raptor Recovery Centre and Critteraid representatives.
“It was a great time, I really had a lot of fun with the people who came out and I’m glad we were able to help these organizations,” said Steve afterwards.
Manager Dale Belvedere of SORCO was one of those who attended the fun evening of music and dialogue and whose outfit benefited substantially from the admission fee, silent auction and other aspects of the fundraiser.
“It was a very good concert and they had huge support there, he (Steve) sounds a little like his dad and is a really nice guy,” said Belvedere. “They’re (Rodgers) very, very special and generous people they’ve been following SORCO for years.
“They were very generous when we built the clinic and last year at the open house and the fundraiser a couple of weeks ago. They’re just super nice, down to earth generous people and we really appreciate their help.”
The public had an opportunity to see how the money is spent last Sunday when SORCO held its one-day-a-year open house.
Paul Graydon of Critteraid and sponsor Saxon Estate Winery, was unable to see the show but did have an opportunity to meet Steve later.
“Steve’s a very nice English gentleman living in the US and came up from California to play the gig at the I.O.O.F. Hall to an audience of enthusiastics,” said Graydon. “He told me he engaged with a bit of repartee with the audience, more of a Q and A chit chat, an intimate kind of connection.
“It really is amazing, they (Rodgers) are very big fans of what we are doing.”
Cynthia Kereluk had some words of appreciation of her own:
“The kindness of those who support and attend our fundraising events is astounding. I am grateful to all those that volunteer their precious time, those that donate items and our sponsors, Vinny’s Overhead Doors, Saxon Winery and Detonate Brewery.