Student Rock Concerts Raise 1/4 Million 

Proceeds from 13 years of Rock Concerts have really added up!

The team of Wentworth Music, Interior Savings and K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock are proud to share that they have raised an astonishing quarter of a million dollars to help children and their families through the Kelowna General Hospital.

But here’s the kicker, it was all done through Rock concerts put on by the students of Wentworth Music.

From the MC’s, backstage help, students, teachers, notable veteran Artists like Darby Mills, Prism, Nancy Nash and Andrew Johns and concert sponsors, everyone has taken their time to make a difference for youth who need a helping hand. “To know that we’ve made an impact like this through Music is the most amazing feeling in the world!”  exclaims Noel Wentworth, Vice President of Education at Wentworth Music. “I’m so grateful for the support everyone has shown us over the years.”

Since beginning their concert fundraising efforts in 2008, all proceeds have gone towards notable projects such as the creation of the Foundry to help youth with Mental health as well as the construction of Joe Anna’s House, a home away from home for Families with youth undergoing treatment at the Kelowna General Hospital. But the majority of the money raised has gone towards helping children and their families at the Kelowna General Hospital’s Paediatric ward. “To see the sacrifice and support parents give their children in a time of need is life changing.” explains Wentworth. “We’ve all done our best to find ways to help.”

Money raised from their most recent production went towards providing several new Sleeper Chairs to be put in patients rooms. The chairs, similar to a Lazy Boy recliner, provide a welcome solution for parents to be at their child’s side through the night instead of potentially having to sleep on a stretcher.

Although the pandemic may prevent a full scale, in person concert from happening in the near future, the Wentworth team is working on some innovative ideas to keep their tradition alive. “Streaming live or prerecorded footage of our students performing in groups may be the solution moving forward.” explains Wentworth. “Like everything, you just have to find ways to remove the obstacles.”