An open mic night is being held this weekend at the Bonnyville Legion 183 to support Krissy King and her family.
King, a mother of three, is originally for Norman’s Cove Newfoundland but has made Bonnyville her home. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and her friends have a fundraiser planned to ease the financial burden that has been placed on her family.
“Come and support Krissy and her family by showing up to an open mic and jam,” Legion President Jamie Beaupre said.
There will be a live auction along with a silent auction, singing, dancing, and other fun events for the whole family to make this a night to remember, Beaupre added.
The event begins on Saturday, March 12, at 4:00 p.m. at the Bonnyville Legion located on 52 Ave. Everyone is welcome and 100 per cent of the proceeds will go to Krissy.
“This is an opportunity for people of all ages to come to showcase their talents at any level, meet other musicians, share tips, and also an event the Legion is proud to offer the community,” Beaupre said. “A special thanks to our musicians and friends for the countless volunteer hours to make this possible.”
Lakeland Connect spoke with Katrina Reid who is organizing the event and is a friend of Krissy’s. Reid said Krissy was diagnosed with colon cancer about a month ago and has already begun treatment.
“She started treatments last Wednesday,” Reid said.
Treatments which King has to travel back and forth to the City of Edmonton for and her friends have banded together to raise enough money during King’s time of need.
“We would like to be able to cover the basics, so hostels and gas,” Reid said. “I kind of did a minor math guesstimate. So for the hostels for her treatments now including the surgeries and all that stuff and gas for them to get back forth is about $4,000.”
Reid says King is no stranger to hard work and was currently working as a scaffolder before she was diagnosed. Reid plans on packing the Legion on Saturday night to help raise as much money as she can for the hardworking family.
“I also went around town to a bunch of companies and got a bunch of silent auction items to auction off,” Reid said. “So there’s some pretty neat stuff there.”
Lakeland Connect will be live on Saturday at the start of the silent auction to show the items available to bid on to support the King family.
If you would like to support the King family without attending the event you can do so with a monetary donation via EMT to [email protected]