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Posted April 11, 2011



INGERSOLL – Japan: Call for Action is gaining momentum in Oxford County. The concert and fundraising initiative started by Oxford County Warden Don McKay and Town of Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey is slated for Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. to be hosted by the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa.

On March 21st, the Warden McKay and Mayor Comiskey put the challenge out to local businesses and citizens to help Japan by donating to Canadian Red Cross. As Southwestern Ontario have strong business ties and friendships with Japan, in relation to the auto industry, technology fields and agriculture.

“Oxford County has 100,000 people at a dollar a piece is $100,000. But at $10, we could raise $1 million,” said Warden McKay at the news conference launch at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa on March 21st.

The concert will be in conjunction with members of the Orchestra London, and local musicians from Oxford County. The concert will be the cap off to the fundraising initiative and will allow donators to discuss how the Japan issue has affected them. And Woodstock-Oxford Red Cross will be unveiling their total donation amount for Japan relief.

“This fundraiser is to show Japan that we care about them and they are not alone,” said Mayor Comiskey following the launch. “That Oxford County is out there and we care. The idea is to help those in need because you never know when you will be in need yourself.”

The concert on Wednesday, April 13th at 7 p.m. located at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in the Ballroom and is open to the general public. People are asked for a donation for admission. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Canadian Red Cross (Woodstock-Oxford Branch) for Japan relief.

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