Art benefit at Whitetail this Saturday

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WESTVILLE – Barbara Brown Conrod couldn’t sit back with a family member in need.

Her sister Diane Green was diagnosed with a blood cancer, multiple myeloma, in May and has been going once a week for chemotherapy treatment at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax.

“With the treatments she could run a high fever, so her husband (Sid) has been sticking close to home,” explains Conrod.

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That’s why she’s organizing a benefit for the family.

“Sid is a Stellarton native and up until 10 years ago they lived here, so everyone they know is here.”

The benefit will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the White Tail Pub and Grill with a silent auction beginning at 3 p.m. running all night, and entertainment at 8 p.m.

“We wanted to make it accessible for everyone,” she says.

There will be a nominal cover charge of a minimum $5 donation after 8 p.m.

“We have six bands who will be entertaining between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. The entertainment starts with Randy and Cecely Gilby, followed by John Currie and friends Norm and Carson, Mike and the MacPhersons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Leah and Kyle Samson and Derek, Jesse and Steve.

“Pictou County musicians are awesome, they are doing this for free and perform at so many different benefits.”

The silent auction will consist of items donated by local businesses as well as a large amount of art donated by well-known artists from Pictou County and across the province.

“I’m an artist so I reached out to other artists I know across the province and received a lot of pieces for the live auction.”

The event will also include a 50/50 raffle as well as door prizes.

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Debbi is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal. She grew up in Pictou and spent a few years away travelling and working overseas. Debbi has been working for The Advocate since 2007 as a reporter/photographer. She is the mother of a toddler and in her spare time enjoys baking and spending time with family.