The Rotary Club of Bracebridge recently presented a cheque to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a pediatric crib.  This donation was a combination of the proceeds of the club’s recent musical fundraiser “All Together Now!” with an additional “top up” from the club to the level required for the purchase of the $2000 crib.    Jean Polak of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge (center) presents the cheque for a pediatric crib to Leah Walker, incoming Executive Director (left), and Colin Miller, retiring Executive Director (right) of the Hospital Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge recently presented a cheque to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation for the purchase of a pediatric crib.  This donation was a combination of the proceeds of the club’s recent musical fundraiser “All Together Now!” with an additional “top up” from the club to the level required for the purchase of the $2000 crib.  
The pediatric crib is one of many pieces of equipment targeted for acquisition by the Foundation in its current fundraising campaign.  Colin Miller and Leah Walker expressed the Foundation’s gratitude to the Rotary Club, not only for the donation, but also for the virtual concert itself.  The concert helped their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the Foundation’s important role in encouraging our community to invest in the highest standard of health care.  The show included a reminder that it is donor support, and not the government, that funds equipment purchases for the hospital.  
The show itself was a critical success, with many patrons who purchased a $20 ticket for the streamed concert expressing their delight in the performances by the talented local musicians, singers and technicians who made it possible.  The Rotary Club sold over 150 tickets to the show, and realized a profit of over $1400.  The low ticket price and modest sales still resulted in a profit, thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer work.  In the course of the concert the Rotary Club thanked in particular – as both musicians and computer technicians – Neil Barlow and Fran Harvey for all their efforts.  They and all the other dozens of volunteers happily gave their time for the good of the community.
The All Together Now! concert was also used by the Rotary Club of Bracebridge to promote the continuation (after a pandemic pause) of its wonderful tradition of annual musicals.  The opening night of The Sound of Music was announced as February 23, 2023.  Casting and rehearsals will take place next fall.  This will be the third time this crowd favourite has been produced in the 45 year history of “the Rotary annual musical” .  It promises to be a joyous return to that wonderful tradition of local talent entertaining and delighting local audiences.