Socialites are in for the treat of a life time while supporting the desperately ill when spending a “Night in Vegas”, the theme for the annual 2012 Sunshine Coast Hospice Spring Spectacular.
The 2012 Spring Spectacular, the fifteenth, is arguably the pride on the Port Alfred social calendar and also serves as the biggest annual fund raising event for Sunshine Coast Hospice.
This year’s theme is “A Night in Vegas” so start dusting off the glam outfits and get ready for a real party with heaps of prizes to be won
The evening which promises to be an extravagant affair, will take the form of a three course Dinner Dance; a seven piece band; cabaret; and jazz in the foyer.
There will also be an exciting auction and Lucky Lotto draws with plenty of prizes to be won!
Top class artists will provide a feast of entertainment on the night.
Vocalist, bassist and guitarist, Joe van der Linden, has had many years’ experience in the music industry and is by far one of South Africa’s finest professional musicians. He is as comfortable on lead guitar as he is on the bass, double bass and vocals. He has played around the country and the world in many productions spanning the genres from rock and pop to jazz, cabaret and theatre.
Drummer and vocalist, Russel Sneyd, started playing the drums at the age of 12 and after matriculating from Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 2008 decided to pursue a career in music.
While at school he played in the wind band and later in various punk, rock and metal bands in the underground scene. Two of these bands won The Battle of the Bands competitions and Russel was featured in the SA drums and percussion magazine.
Vocalist and guitarist, Claire Venn, has been playing in the local music scene for the last nine years. She started off by playing in various pubs /clubs and restaurants in the Eastern Cape.
She is a talented singer and guitarist with an infectious enthusiasm and love for what she does. This has made her a very popular choice for weddings and other private functions.
Ever bubbly keyboard player and vocalist, Candy “G” (Gilson), has been performing all over South Africa since the early 80’s. She started her musical career in Johannesburg where she was part of various bands including “La-Ffaire”. She then moved to Cape Town where she played for a band called “Cat”. While in JHB she performed at some of the most prestigious hotels in and was selected to play at the Sun City Million Dollar Golf tournament for five years in a row.
Brenton Krain, acoustic rhythm guitarist and vocalist, has been involved in the Port Elizabeth music scene since he matriculated from Muir College in 2000. He learned to play the keyboard at a very young age but found that his passion lay in playing the guitar. He is also a keen harmonica player.
Alan Kozak, vocalist and guitarist, is a committed and dedicated musician who plays both the acoustic and electric guitars. After 15 years in the industry he still has the same love and work ethic required to make it as a full time musician and sound engineer.
He has performed in a number of electric rock, pop and blues bands and vocal and acoustic guitar duos. While ‘paying his dues’ as a pub musician he also performed at national music festivals with groups like the Gavin Weeks Band.
A personal career highlight was performing with The Long Haired Freaky People to an audience of 23,000 people as the ‘opening act’ for Swedish pop group Roxette.
In a recent tenure with Centrestage Productions Alan performed in a number of successful shows as the lead guitarist and one of the vocalists for the Centrestage All Star Band – a corporate cover band.
Hospice plays an important role in our community, supplying home-based care to patients and their families coping with life-threatening diseases. Your compassionate generosity is vital to enable us to continue our work, now more than ever.
The organising committee said, “Despite last year being a pretty tough one and guest numbers being down against the previous year, we were thrilled with the funds we were able to raise and thank you again for making this possible. We are quite determined to beat our targets, but of course we need your support to do this!”
Attendance of the event is an opportunity for companies to assist a non-profit organisation as part of their social responsibility programmes. Sunshine Coast Hospice will issue a Section 18A certificate as a company’s contribution to the event is tax deductible.
Tickets are R200 per person or R2000 for a table of ten and can be purchased at Leach Pharmacy in Port Alfred or from Hospice!
Please join Sunshine Coast Hospice once again at the annual Spring Spectacular at the Civic Centre, Port Alfred, on Saturday, September 1, 2012.