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Marilyn and the five performers

Breaking Bread and Breaking Records: Our Biggest Holiday Cheer Ever!

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DAREarts supporters came out in record numbers this year for our biggest annual Holiday Cheer fundraiser ever! Thank you to everyone who attended in support of empowering at-risk children across Canada.

We could not have done it without:

A special thanks to our volunteers: Margaret and Robert Ohashi, Susan Huntley, Diana Janoski-Wronski, Brittney and Sierra, for ensuring the evening’s success!

Margaret and Robert Ohashi with Orangeville Depute Mayor Warren MaycockMarilyn Field with volunteer and Mary Small-BrettVolunteers Brittney and Sierra




Picture Left: Margaret and Robert Ohashi with Orangeville Depute Mayor Warren Maycock (centre). Picture Centre: Marilyn Field and Mayor of Adjala-Tosorontio, Mary Small Brett, with guest (left). Picture Right: Volunteers Brittney and Sierra.

A Night to Remember

J.C. Pennie and Marilyn Field (DAREarts Founder)

J.C. Pennie and Founder and President of DAREarts, Marilyn Field.

“Can you feel it? That this is a night you’ll remember in your hearts forever?”

That’s what our host for the evening, Founder and President of DAREarts, Marilyn Field, said as our five young performers left the stage.  All of our performers displayed talent far beyond their years.

After breaking bread served by Lavender Blue Catering, the evening’s performances began with Joelle Crigger, a 12-year-old fiddler who already has six years of experience, playing toe-tapping “Blackjack Whiskey,” “Alabama Jubilee,” “Wizard’s Walk” and “What Child is This?”

Joelle Crigger

Ella Stewart then sang the challenging solo “On My Own” from Les Misérables. There were audible gasps from the audience when she revealed she was just 10 years old.

As Ella sang the lyric, “But every day I’m learning,” we could spot her vocal instructor, Pamela Scott, supporting her student by whispering the words.  Ella was unsure about singing that song, but her teacher promised to support her throughout the performance, giving Ella the confidence to show the best of her talent. Afterwards, Pamela said, “She didn’t need me at all. That was all her.”

Ella Stewart

Ella Stewart

It’s a small example of what DAREarts promotes across Canada: helping children become the best versions of themselves.

“I remember when you two were 10,” Marilyn said to the next two performers, DAREarts graduates — both recipients of the DAREarts Leadership Award — sisters Angie and Kelsey Bhatia.  Accompanied by international country star, Ryan Laird, they performed “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells.”

Ryan Laird Joins Kelsey and Angie Bhatia

Ryan Laird joins Angie and Kelsey Bhatia on stage at Holiday Cheer

We were also privileged to enjoy 15-year-old opera singer, Katie Pound, performing “O Mio Babbino Caro” and “Nessun Dorma.” Her acting skills were just as finely tuned as her voice; even though she was singing in Italian, no one in the audience was confused about the emotions behind either song.

Katie Pound (second from left) with her parents, Leisa Way and Theatre Orangeville's David Nairn.

Katie Pound (second from left) with her parents, Leisa Way and Theatre Orangeville’s David Nairn.

The night culminated with all of the performers caroling with the audience, led by the acclaimed pianist Ruth Morawetz, filling Chateau Windrush with a hundred voices singing  carols like “Let It Snow,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Great music, great food and great company!

It truly was a night to remember in Hockley.

Many thanks to all of our supporters who purchased DAREarts cards at Holiday Cheer!

You can still support at-risk children this holiday season by ordering some of our Holiday Cards. Each card was designed by a Canadian child to support aboriginal youth.

Let Olivia explain why you should send a DAREarts card!


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