Toes were tapping to the tunes of the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party violins at the Kenosee Rec Hall on Thursday April 11, while Cheryl Dubois watched from her hospital bed in Regina through the modern technology of Facetime. Approximately 150 people came out to help the Dubois/West families raise funds for the Kipling Emergency Response Team and STARS.
In an emotional visit, Cheryl Dubois reiterated her doctors opinions that “it was a miracle she survived” the terrible accident that claimed the life of Marie Krauss, and injured herself and her daughter Zoe.
If I can paraphrase the speech made by Michele Amy, “It is the job of the living to continue living and to celebrate life. While we acknowledge the loss of Marie and the pain it brings to her family, friends and our community when we lose some like that, we can do nothing but offer support and love. We can however celebrate the miracle that saved Cheryl and Zoe with gratitude.”
Tami Dovell, President of the Kenosee Lions Club was happy to help Michele Amy and Ben Dubois with the evening, dubbed Dance of Gratitude. Club 19 provided beef on a bun and salads while volunteers brought desserts for all who attended. Juno award winning Karrnnel, led Donna Turk, Michele Amy, Pierre Tinant, Leanne Poirier and Chris Byrne, (to name a few) in some rousing tunes, to the delight of dancers, young and young at heart. Zoe and her father Ben took the stage where Zoe sang, “Dream a Little Dream for Me”, followed by a song she wrote for her mother.
Dovell said that within a week of announcing the plans for the fundraiser, her garage was filled with donations for the silent auction. The total amount raised has yet to be determined, so watch the paper for that announcement
Zoe Dubois (left) and her father, Ben Duboisperformed a special song for Cheryl Dubois at the Dance of Gratitude fundraiser held April 11.
Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party musicians entertained at the Dance of Gratitude fundraiser held April 11.