Joe Crawford’s Concerts in the Park help people in need

Local entertainer Joe Crawford kicked off his series of three concerts taking place in King George Park in Port Colborne Tuesday with a tribute to Elvis Presley.

Local entertainer Joe Crawford was anxious to get going Tuesday August 15/2017, the evening rain cleared just in time for him to do something he loves, sing for a crowd and help the community.

This year, he is holding a series of three concerts in King George Park in Port Colborne to share some free entertainment with his local friends and fans and to help out people in need in Port Colborne.

“This year, I am asking people to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Port Colborne St. Vincent De Paul Society,” Crawford said before Tuesday’s performance. “They also have a food bank and help people in need out through the local churches, sometimes they work alongside Port Cares as well.”

“Financial donations are going towards the Knights of Columbus Port Colborne who help out in many ways throughout the community,” he said. “All funds and food are going to help out our Port Colborne community.”

The first Tuesday evening concert was a tribute to the King, Elvis Presley. The King passed away 40 years ago tomorrow, August 16, 1977.

Tuesday August 22, is Country Night, Tuesday August 29 is Oldies Night with special guest Ron Dewberry.

“I was only going to do the one year,” Crawford said about the anniversary concert series he did last summer. “But people were so receptive and they wondered if I was going to do it again this year.”

“It never really crossed my mind then, but, then I thought ‘I guess I will,’ it’s doing something I like doing,” he said.

The support received last year was a major motivator behind his decision to run the series of concerts this year.

Last year’s concerts raised 618 lbs of food and $722 which went towards the Port Cares Reach Out Centre food bank.

Crawford posted on his Facebook account a message about this year’s first concert:

“Thanks to everyone who came out and chanced the weather! Had at one point about 80-100 people which was great!

Raised 2.5 buckets full of food for the St Vincent De Paul Society and just under $50 raised from tonight’s show!

Looking forward to next week has we hoedown with some country music!”

The free concerts start at 7 p.m. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. Remember to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.



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