The Orillia Youth Centre is hosting a dinner and show to fundraise for the Valis Sound Studio Fund and Nelson Bell Bursary on May 3 at St. Paul’s Centre in Downtown Orillia.
The event called “An Intimate Evening with Lance Anderson and Quisha Wint with Russ Boswell” will host the three musicians while guests are served a three course dinner provided by Eclectic Cafe by Melanie Robinson Catering (vegetarian option available). Doors open and dinner seating starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $150 and can be purchased at Alleycats Music and Art (cash only) and online at at the Orillia Youth Centre website. All proceeds go toward the Valis Sound Studio Fund and the bursary that were created in memory of Nelson Bell, a local youth who died in a car accident during the summer of 2018.
“His circle of friends knew a Nelson that many never got to see and it shows the power and exactly what music or being creative can really mean to someone. The confidence and the stage presence he had grew from his love of music,” said Kevin Jon Gangloff, director of the Orillia Youth Centre. “We are so fortunate to work with community-minded businesses and musicians who believe in the work we do and want to lend their name to causes and programs we represent.”
Bell was passionate about music, inspiring the Orillia Youth Centre along with his family and community to work on creating a sound recording studio for youth in his memory. Each year, a young person on the autism spectrum will also receive a bursary in honour of Bell, who had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. The fund is being established at the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area.