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Virtual Huron Carole aids Alpha House

Tom Jackson brought the Huron Carole to the Empress Theatre in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event moves on-line on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Tom Jackson’s annual Huron Carole concert series is going virtual.

This year’s “Light Inside” performance will be the third consecutive fund-raising concert in support of Alpha House.

“Under the cloud of these challenging times, I am of the opinion that food banks and those less fortunate in our world are going to be the ones most impacted by the current economic fall-out from COVID-19,” Jackson said.

Jackson, founder of the Huron Carole concert series, is a musician, beloved TV personality, activist and producer.

His boundless passion for creating and inspiring change has generated more than $230-million in combined cash and in-kind donations for food banks, disaster relief and service agencies.

“This Christmas season is going to be different from any other,” Jackson added. “It’s going to require us, as individuals and as a society, to look inside ourselves for a light of optimism. A silver lining. We must treasure that light and hang on to that silver lining with all our might.” 

Proceeds from the concert support Alpha House, a non-profit, charitable agency that provides safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies.

One of the programs benefitting from the fundraiser is the downtown addiction outreach partnership program, of which Jackson is a volunteer.

This year, funds will support recovery programs in Calgary as well as Alpha House’s newest location in Lethbridge.

The Lethbridge Stabilization Centre and Shelter provides a dedicated and tailored program to meet the unique needs of individuals under the influence of substances.

The program support model combines harm reduction, withdrawal management and relationship-focused supports.

“We are thankful that Tom is still hosting his concert virtually this year,” Alpha House executive director Kathy Christiansen said.

“His commitment to helping the people we serve is evident in his engagement with our team and the caring way he assists our clients on the street and in the shelter.”

Supporters hosting a socially distanced viewing party are asked to consider collecting in-kind donations such as socks and new winter clothing items, or have a donation “cap in hand” fund-raiser to support Alpha House’s clients.

Tickets for the Huron Carole in support of Alpha House are available at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehckheax8be6f263&llr=g7gippuab.

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