Musician delighted to help flood victims – Aldergrove Star

Karen Lee Batten’s name may be synonymous with country music in British Columbia, but it’s also linked to various charitable endeavors.

It seems the award-winning country music singer from Langley is always the first to raise her hand and volunteer to help those in need.

That was the case again when fellow musician and humanitarian Kenny Hess hit the speed dial and called Batten for help with the Hell or High Water concert and telethon coming up this weekend.

The fundraisers, which have been ongoing since last December, are all aimed at raising money for families in communities ravaged by fires and floods in Merritt, Lytton, Princeton, Abbotsford and surrounding First Nations communities.

Growing up in Abbotsford, and specifically in the Whatcom Road area, Batten watched with awe and sorrow as many of her childhood friends and neighbors were hit hard by the November floods, and know that many are still struggling. to rebuild brings the artist to the verge of tears.

She played a key role in a fundraising campaign in Langley right after the floods, which raised $57,000 and filled several truckloads of clothing and other supplies to help flood victims.

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But she aspired, like many, to do more.

When Hess asked her to perform at this Sunday’s concert and help rally a few other key artists, she jumped at the chance to participate.

“I knew in my heart that I wanted to do something else,” she said. “I’m super excited.”

Initially, the hope was to hold this double fundraiser in January, but it was pushed back to March due to COVID restrictions. And finally, it was rescheduled for this weekend.

12 o’clock online telethon runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, consisting of a live telethon with musical performances, messages, vignettes, videos from dignitaries, locals, and musicians.

The day also includes a two-hour live concert which takes place at the Clarke Foundation Theater in Mission. It begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) and can be viewed in person or online by visiting the website at hellorhighwater.ca.

Between the two strands of the Hell or High Water fundraiser, Batten said there were more than 40 artists performing. And speaking with many of them, she said they were delighted to get back on stage to entertain themselves in front of a live audience – and at the same time they were eager to help anyone who still needed it.

“Actually, it’s fair to say we’re pumped,” she said.

In addition to performances by Batten and Hess, the concert will feature Tom Jackson, George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett, Bruce Couglan, Lisa Brokop and Jackson Hollow.

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