This Jam helps feed the hungry

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Holiday Jam for Hunger headliners Kings of the North, from left to right, Dan Martin, Nick Novosad, Steve Walker, Bryan McLellan and Don McLellan, perform Dec. 28 at Sons of Kent. The vent raised nearly $4,000.

Holiday Jam for Hunger has hit a high note.

After a three-year hiatus, the musical extravaganza held at Sons of Kent Dec. 28 raised close to $4,000 – the most in the event’s history.

Proceeds from the packed event will be going towards supporting Hope House – Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent, and Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger.

This year’s standing-room-only event featured a number of bands, including Brittney and the Boys, 40 Hours Over, The Dave Trinca Xperience and Kings of the North.

“I could not be happier with both the turnout and the fundraising tally,” said Hunger Jam organizer Alysson Storey, who is also a singer and musician in the Dave Trinca Xperience.

Storey, a Chatham councillor, said it was good to return to the annual tradition in person after being online for two years.

“While we moved online for the Hunger Jam the last two years, people continued to support the event,” she said. “The reason why it’s so much fun is because it’s a chance to hear great live music and get together with friends and family over the holiday.”

She said the fundraiser is an annual homecoming holiday tradition for many, adding she’s thrilled Sons of Kent opened their doors for the jam once again.

Storey also expressed gratitude for Corey and Tony’s Music Shop for their expertise and to all the talented musicians who gave their time.

“It’s really heartwarming to see such generosity towards addressing this critical issue facing so many in our community,” she added.
Various community organizations addressing food insecurity in Chatham-Kent have been the focus of Holiday Jam for Hunger in recent years, with the event raising around $30,000 since its inception.

For more information about Hope House ­– Mental Health Network of Chatham-Kent contact executive director Kelly Gottschling at kelly@mhnck.com.

For more information about the Hunger Jam, event contact Storey at alyssonstorey@gmail.com.

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