Each year Deep Cove Folk raffles some musical instruments as a fundraiser – usually a guitar but in 2018-2019 we raffled two guitars, a mandolin and a ukulele. For the 2019-2020 season we have two ukuleles. The proceeds are divided equally between the club (funds for paying rent and performers) and the youth group of St John’s United Church. Tickets are available at each club night and at all the special concerts. Tickets can be bought individually ($2) or in packs of 5 for $8 or 10 for $15. The winners are drawn at the January and June 2020 club nights.
We donate half of the proceeds to St. Johns United Church to assist with their youth programming, particularly music.
Mike Macleod of the Acoustic Guitar Shop in Calgary donated the raffle instruments since 2011. Our sincere thanks to Mike for his generosity. His website is http://www.acousticguitar.net.
Guitar Raffle History
In 2011 club director Bob de Wolff made the suggestion that a raffle of a guitar would be a potential fundraiser for the club and for St Johns Church – the church youth group was suggested as being the recipient of half of the proceeds of the raffle.
2011-12 Laura Williams
2012-13 Paul Bulmer
2013-14 Peter Marshall-Glew
2014-15 Bruce Greenway
2015-16 Mary O-Brien
Clarence Boudreau (of the band Cornergrass and a local luthier) generously offered his skills to upgrade both the 2013 and the 2014 raffle guitar. He replaced the plastic nut and saddle on the raffle guitar with bone. He finished making and installing a compensated saddle. Some photos of the nut is roughed into place and glued are shown below. He uses quality hot-hide-glue that takes hours to set – left it clamped for the night. Not yet shown in the photos is honing the shape and file in the string grooves.
He passed away in 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Clarence, not only did repair work, but was a regular performer at Deep Cove Folk.
The 2011-2012 raffle guitar with a complete set of autographs and a photo of James Keelaghan playing the raffle guitar are shown below.
Deep Cove Folk Club Guitar Raffle – Benefits Peninsula Music and Youth Projects
Laura Williams, twelve years old and a keen musician, is the winner of a guitar package raffled by the Deep Cove Folk Club. The package includes lessons and a Blueridge acoustic guitar autographed by all the featured performers appearing at the Folk Club during the 2011 – 2012 season, among them folk legend James Keelaghan.
Half of the raffle proceeds are being donated to the Youth Group of St. John’s United Church. A main focus each year is the youth group’s trip to Mexico to build houses for families who live in poverty in Vicente Guerrero. They started in summer 2009 and have returned every year since to reconnect with the Mexican families they had met, and build new houses for other families. This coming year, the main focus is a working trip to the Dominican Republic (http://www.stjohnsunited.net/st_johns_22_016.htm) Youth Group member, Talia Greene said, “”It feels great knowing that we have the support of the community. Everything that helps us, helps the families in need.”
The other half of the proceeds, along with a generous grant from the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, will be used to bring professional and developing musicians to the Peninsula.
Deep Cove Folk Club Director, Bob de Wolff, said “This raffle has been outstanding on several levels: getting energy for our volunteers, fun for the folks who come to our events, providing a new instrument for our musical winner, and benefiting the Youth Group of St. Johns”.
If you would like to buy a ticket for this year’s raffle, please contact Bob de Wolff.