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Recap: Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express Support Nanoose Community Services

The Oceanside community recently experienced a night of exceptional music, camaraderie, and giving back at Knox’s presentation of Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express on Friday, November 24th, 2023 It was not just a concert; it was a heartfelt effort to support two integral pillars of our community – Nanoose Community Services (NCS) and Knox United Church.

An Evening of Entertainment and Giving Back

 The night commenced with a variety of fundraising activities, including a silent auction, wine wagon raffle, and a special Scotch raffle. Attendees eagerly participated in these events, turning the evening into a celebration of both music and community support.

A Symphony of Talent

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express is not just a band; it’s a musical collective that transcends boundaries and captivates audiences with its extraordinary talent. Headlined by the iconic Barney Bentall, the ensemble includes many  gifted performers – each member brought a unique flavour to the night’s musical journey.

Special Highlights

  • The Scotch raffle featured 10 bottles, creating a buzz and excitement in the church foyer. Thanks to the Wee Drammers of Nanoose Bay!
  • The Wagon of Wine, with over 30 bottles, garnered significant attention and raised substantial funds. 
  • The Silent Auction: Among the many enchanting aspects of the evening, the silent auction emerged as a focal point of excitement and anticipation. The curated collection of items and experiences generously donated by local businesses and community members added an extra layer of thrill to the event.
  • A heartwarming moment occurred when the winner of the Wagon of Wine generously traded her prize for a winning Scotch ticket, embodying the spirit of the evening.

The Impact of Your Support

Thanks to everyone’s support, over $8000 was raised! The funds raised from this event will empower Nanoose Community Services (NCS) to continue providing essential programs and services to those in need within our community.

A Note of Thanks

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Knox United Church for initiating this partnership and for their hard work in making the event a grand success. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, Quality Foods, Nanoose Bay Dental and Nordica Nettleton for giving generously. Thank you to all the local businesses who donated to the silent auction. 

NCS Volunteer, Jo Graham, did a stand up job of reaching out to the community for the raffle and auction items and bringing her exceptional organization skills to the planning. To our wonderful volunteers who helped spread the excitement while selling raffle tickets and speaking to the efforts of NCS. 

To each individual who contributed to the success of this event, whether through sponsorships or personal donations, your belief in our mission is the driving force behind our ability to make a difference.

Looking Ahead

We are thrilled to announce that Knox United Church and Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express are excited to make this an annual event for Oceanside, in partnership with NCS. We’re so looking forward to doing it again in 2024!
Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and contributed to making this night truly special. Your generosity has a profound impact on the lives of those who need our support.
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