The goal of this fundraising effort is to limit the debt load Beth has taken on by acquiring this retrofitted van!
Brockville – A fundraiser, ‘Bands for Beth’ is being held on Saturday, March 24th at St. John’s United Church in Brockville.
The fundraiser is being held to help Beth Fraser, a local musician and community volunteer who has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 25 years, to pay for a new accessibility van that she needs to help her to get around on her own.
Beth uses a motorized scooter and a modified van to get around. Notwithstanding her physical challenges, Beth is a very active volunteer in the community. She plays flute and piccolo in the Brockville Concert Band and teaches music lessons.
Her modified van had been aging badly and needed to be replaced. She is unable to use Brockville’s public PARA transit system because of difficulty transferring safely from her scooter to their required seating, as well as their limited hours of operation.
Beth purchased a Toyota Sienna van that has been modified by a company called Braunability. It cost $75,000, about $30,000 of which is the cost of modifying it to suit her needs.
She applied for a grant from March of Dimes for up to $15,000 and has opened several lines of credit to finance the rest of the purchase price. Since she is on a limited fixed income, she has no means to pay off this new debt expeditiously. The alternative however would be to severely curtail her activities in the community. Her supporters believe that the price of Beth’s independent lifestyle should not be financial insecurity.
The goal of this fundraising effort is to limit the debt load Beth has taken on by acquiring this retrofitted van. An online crowdfunding campaign has been started, with a goal of raising the $30,000 cost of modifications to the van, although what is really needed is closer to $60,000.
The campaign website is https://www.plumfund.com/medical-fund/freedom-for-beth and the Facebook page is Freedom for Beth Fundraiser at https://m.facebook.com/freedomforbeth/ .
The March 24th concert will be an opportunity for the Brockville community to once again display their outstanding generosity by supporting one of their own actively contributing volunteers.
Opening the show will be Sue Baker and the 1000 Islands Jazz Band. Following an Intermission featuring a silent auction and refreshments, Alexander’s Big Time Band, featuring Christopher Coyea and Alex Fleuriau-Chateau will play the second set.
Both musical groups are generously donating their time and talent to this worthy cause. All funds raised through ticket sales, the silent auction, and donations will be given to the “Freedom for Beth” account in support of Beth Fraser. Cost for a concert ticket is $10.00.
Tickets for the concert are available at St. John’s United Church, from David Dargie (firstname.lastname@example.org), or at the door on March 24th.
Beth works out at the Y and is a member of the Praise Team at Centennial Road Standard Church. She attends and performs in a variety of musical entertainment at the Brockville Arts Centre. In fact, the accessibility modifications that were made to the BAC through Project Encore were largely initiated by Beth’s need to access the stage and audience in a dignified manner. When Beth’s daughter attended BCI she advocated for accessibility there as well and that heritage building has been made fully accessible thanks in large part to her efforts.
For more information please visit:
Bands For Beth Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/383010985494648/
Freedom For Beth Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/freedomforbeth/