KBRH funds to get a boost from outdoor event

Popular Kootenay rockers BC/DC hit the stage in Trail tonight

The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) Health Foundation’s coffers are about to get “Thunderstruck,” tonight.

BC/DC, the Kootenay-born AC/DC tribute band, will be performing tonight at AMFord Plus for a tailgate party with 100 per cent of the proceeds heading to the KBRH foundation.

The AC/DC tribute band, which has performed for crowds from Ymir to Las Vegas churning out classic renditions of the Australian band’s biggest hits, takes the stage from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dan Ashman of AMFord said the idea for the event evolved after discussions with staff.

“We were talking about our year-end, get-together and it went from there.”

He said the idea grew from raising money for a charity to earmarking it for the KBRH Health Foundation’s Critical Care Campaign.

“To have someone come out of the blue and be so enthusiastic is fantastic,” said Lisa Pasin, director of Development, KBRH Health Foundation.

She explained the Critical Care Campaign is aiming to raise $500,000 over the next two year with a goal to expand and upgrade equipment in the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, and for the High Acuity Response Team at KBRH.

The next decision for AMFord party planners was what to do about entertainment and BC/DC was an immediate unanimous choice.

“They’re one of the most popular bands in the Kootenays,” said Ashman.

As part of the AMFord Tailgate Party, 75 truck parking spots have been reserved in the Waneta Plaza parking lot. Fans can bring their trucks to that area, set up their lawnchairs in the box and enjoy their own private booth for the show.

Ashman said the City of Trail has helped out with a grant-in-aid by loaning bleachers to seat about 700 spectators. Local towing companies offered to help by transportation the bleachers. Meanwhile, the mall was happy to get on board for a KBRH fundraiser by allocating parking spots.

And there is also plenty of standing room to accommodate a crowd that Ashman hopes could reach 2,000 people.

Admission to the event is by donation with a minimum of $10 per person or $20 per family of four. Parking spots are $50 per truck, which includes five tickets to the event.