The combination of live country music and a chance to support the Ukrainian people sold out Knight of Columbus Hall in Woodstock on Saturday afternoon, April 30.
Al Cosman, musician and organizer of the Jamboree for Ukraine, said the event raised more than $5,000 to support the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine relief program.
“It was more than I expected,” he said.
Admission to the afternoon was by donation, and people gave generously.
Prior to hosting the event, Cosman canvassed local businesses, which provided a great start to the profit.
As the more than three hours of music drew to a close, Cosman said, donations totaled just over $4,950. He said a generous contributor gave an additional $50 to help send total contributions over $5,000.
Music lovers are hungry for live entertainment, with jamborees only recently returning from a nearly two-year COVID-forced hiatus. Cosman said he took the opportunity to support Ukraine’s humanitarian aid while watching some of their favorite local artists on stage, including Noel Nason, who will be inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame. in October.
Cosman said regular jamboree crowds come and go throughout the event, but Saturday’s show, which started at 1 p.m. and ran after 4 p.m., was different.
“Most people came early and stayed for the whole show,” he said.