Smoke Meat Pete and The Stone Doctors charity event for Montreal Children’s Hospital
Smoke Meat Pete Charity Event- Grab a table at Smoke Meat Pete’s on Saturday, November 25th for the Smoke Meat Pete Charity Event to raise money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Stone Doctors will perform an acoustic set starting at 3:30pm, followed by Pete’s own band, Smokin’ Pete & Hawk power hour at 5pm. The main event begins at 8pm with The Stone Doctors playing The Rolling Stones favourites.
A long time in the making, Melanie and Pete are excited to open their doors for the children’s charity. “It is close to our heart,” says Melanie. “I think children’s health is one of the most important things. We’ve been trying to do this for a year now, and were finally able to set a date to get The Stone Doctors to Montreal.”
The Stone Doctors first played in Montreal in 2001. The original band included two orthopedic surgeons, one of which, Ian Dickey, completed their residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. They chose to play The Rolling Stones because it allows them to practice on their own time around their separate careers. Plus, it’s a household favourite.
While some have come and gone over the years, the current members still play The Rolling Stones music. They are Shaina Brofen, lawyer; Marc Dore, investment broker; Natasha Caron, municipal administrator; Dan Gideon, engineer; Mark Higden, photographer; Randy Shute, furniture dealer; and Garry Ciambella, partner in his software company. They play across Canada and the United States for charity only, and have raised over $241, 660 to date.
Smoke Meat Pete’s event is 100 percent charity. “Everything is going to the kids,” says Melanie. “This event gives us the opportunity to lessen the strain on children and their parents. We told them to give it to where it is needed the most.” Aside from a minimum donation of $10 at the door, Smoke Meat Pete’s is organizing silent auction and 50/50 prizes with the help of local sponsors.
The goal is to raise $5000 for the Children’s Hospital. “That would be amazing,” Melanie says. The positive reaction they have received so far has everyone in high spirits to reach this goal, while promising a fun night for everyone who attends. “We’ve got some things up our sleeves to make it a fun night!” Although they cannot take any reservations for the event, Smoke Meat Pete’s expects a full house.
Live Blues at Smoke Meat Pete’s
Help Smoke Meat Pete help the children of Montreal by stopping in throughout the day. With sets all day long, there’s no excuse to not be there. “If people aren’t able to come at night, they can still attend in the afternoon to enjoy the live music,” says Melanie.
Melanie and Pete welcome the positive reaction they have received already as they eagerly prepare for the big night. “It’s exciting to be doing this because we donate all the time. It’s fun to be the ones hosting the events,” she says. “We are looking forward to it!”
By: Jill Clark – mtltimes.ca