Funds raised from Canadian Country Christmas will go to Kordyban lodge

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The Canadian Country Christmas on Sunday night sold so many tickets, organizer Brenda Baumeister said they were able to donate $5,000 to the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George.

The Kordyban Lodge, named for the legacy of Bill Kordyban, who passed away due to cancer,  serves as accommodation for cancer patients who have to travel to Prince George for treatment.

His surviving wife, Mary, started the Mary Kordyban Foundation, from which $2 million was donated to the lodge when it opened in 2013.

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“There’s many people in Fort St. John who have used the lodge,” Baumeister said.

“By us donating some money, that will help in that case, but it will help in the lodge itself — because it’s volunteer-based.”

The concert, hosted at the Charlie Lake Community Hall, featured Duane Steele, Thomas Wade, Sean Hogan, and Craig Moritz.

Though she will be planning next year’s Carnival of Hope, she hasn’t decided for sure if she will be involved in planning the Canadian Country Christmas next year.

Now that this year’s Concert is done,  Baumeister will start recruiting organizers to help lift the Carnival of Hope off of the ground this upcoming June.

The Canadian Cancer Society cancelled the Relay for Life in several communities this past year, including Fort St. John.

Baumeister decided to take it as an opportunity to go forward and create something unique to the community.

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Altogether, about 120 tickets were sold for the evening.

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