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Feature Article - June 29, 2006

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Feature Article - June 29, 2006

Heart &SoulBenefit Dance forNaomi Marchand

Three popular local bands and a silent auction will highlight a benefit dance on Friday July 7 at the Perth Civitan Hall.The Community Heart & Soul Dance is being held in support of Naomi Marchand, who recently suffered a serious fall that cost her the use of her legs. Naomi, 22, grew up in Lanark County , and has been living in BC and teaching yoga.She was visiting her parents, Susan Tannahill and Georges Marchand, when the accident occurred at their home near Fallbrook.Naomi is currently in rehab at the Ottawa General and dealing with the new challenges in her life, with the help of family and friends.A group of her friends from this community have organized this benefit both to raise some funds for the expenses she will be facing, and to show love and support for Naomi and her family.


All major costs and most minor expenses for the benefit are being donated, including the musicians' performances, the hall, the sound equipment, graphics and publicity costs, and the silent auction items: quality artisan crafts, other merchandise and personal services.

This will be an all-ages event with no alcohol; instead there will be delicious snacks and beverages donated by many local businesses and individuals.

The first band performing are the Elphin Mountain Boys, a good-time string band from the musical hotbed of northern Lanark County . They will be followed by The Skirmish, a Celtic folk-rock combo from McDonalds Corners led by Bill Cameron. The closing act, Shelley Montreuil's eclectic group Tell Mama (www.tellmama.net), will have the crowd dancing with its mix of original music and R & B classics.

The benefit starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $12/adult, $8/youth or senior, free for kids under 12; tickets are at Shadowfax, Foodsmiths, Mark's Cobblers and Little Stream Bakery.More information is online at www.coolhemp.com/naomi.

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