“We’re asking for a minimum donation of $10 at the door,” said Downtown Sudbury executive director and Stompin' Tom Connors Commemorative Committee member Maureen Luoma.
“Proceeds will go toward the life-sized bronze sculpture of Stompin’ Tom Connors, to be installed in Downtown Sudbury. You know, we’re the first in Canada to honour Stompin’ Tom in this way, and it’s a grassroots project. We’re counting on his friends and fans to help us fund this national tribute.”
Luoma said the event, which takes place from 4-7 p.m., is also the beginning of the committee's button campaign.
“We’ve designed six different buttons, featuring themes related to Stompin’ Tom’s career,” she said.
“The first button goes on sale at the Stomp Raiser, and we’ll be introducing the others at various fundraisers and local events. Those who can show all six buttons at the sculpture’s unveiling will be eligible to enter a draw for a prize. It’s an inexpensive, entertaining way for people to support this project.”
Local artist Tyler Fauvelle has finished the clay version of the sculpture, which is now at the foundry for casting. The committee expects the formal unveiling to take place in fall 2014 or spring 2015.
A popular folk-country artist, who was known for his patriotism and devotion to Canadian culture, Connors passed away in March 2013.
For more information, phone 705-662-0115, email [email protected] or visit facebook.com/StompinStatue or twitter.com/stompinstatue.