Big shows for Boyne Country Community Center benefit

bccc webBeth Gohs

Staff Writer

Bands from Toronto will be paying tribute to the Bee Gees, Neil Diamond and Tom Jones starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday June 21 at a fundraiser for the Boyne Country Community Center.
Tickets for the Million Dollar Tribute are $30, reserved ticket, plus a $1.50 additional fee, located at Boyne City Performing Arts Center, 1035 Boyne Ave.
“A sellout crowd is predicted for both concerts, so invite some friends and buy your tickets early,” said show promoters.
The group from Toronto, paying homage to the Bee Gees, have toured Disney Land, Las Vegas and Russia.
Will Chalmers, the Neil Diamond tribute, has been performing for 10 years, and songs he will perform include Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry, Song Sung Blue, and many more.
Dave La Fame, as Tom Jones will perform the classic artist’s hits such as: Delilah, Green,Green Grass, and She’s A Lady.
Also, be sure to get your tickets now because Paula Poundstone will be returning to the Performing Arts Center again this year. She will perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8.
Tickets are $40. Get more information on shows at boynecc.com.
Community center update
The community center plans to receive as much revenue from donations and fundraisers as possible throughout the summer to pay for reconstruction to the building. According to Jim White, president of the Boyne Area Community Center, all funding previously received for revamping the building, had come from donations and fundraisers.
“We had so far, besides fundraisers—outright donations—six over $1,000 donations, and we have 29 people that have given us $100 cash or more,” White said. “We have a number of volunteers who have done all the work so far, so we haven’t had to pay for contractors.”
The Community Center will be used not as a teen center, according to White, rather a place for all groups and events to have a place to meet.
“A spokesperson at Lions meeting said the conference room of the library was rented out 500 times in one year,” White said. “A lot of times they turn people away. So we’re going to have a building that will be able to accommodate nice size groups and events.”
Plans for reconstruction of the building—built in 1954—are to make it handicap accessible by installing two handicap accessible bathrooms on each floor of the building, and a lift.
“We’re using all the money for the building to make it handicap accessible,” said White. “(We’re adding) brand new bathrooms, two new bathrooms on each floor. All four bathrooms will be handicap accessible. In the back of the building we’re putting in an electric chair lift to accommodate anyone who can’t use stairs.”
The money from the fundraiser will go toward reconstruction of the building.
White said they will only work on the building as they have the money to do so.
“We’re buying components to update the building before we open it,” said White. “We don’t want to open the building as-is because it is not accessible to everybody.”
According to White, the community center could open as early as fall.
“When it’s all done we hope it’ll be used by lots of different people,” he said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of the work done this summer so it could (open) this fall if everything goes well and we continue to get more money.”