Thirteen-year-old Ethan Harty

Thirteen-year-old Ethan Harty

Music, food, and a good cause

Nearly every seat was full at the Christ-King Parish Hall as people from Stettler and the surrounding communities came together.

Nearly every seat was full at the Christ-King Parish Hall on Saturday, Sept. 19 as people from Stettler and the surrounding communities came together to support Donalda Animal Rescue.

The evening, which came with a $15 price tag per ticket, guaranteed guests a delicious roast pork, fresh corn, and salad dinner plus desserts, grand music from a youthful fiddling prodigy, and the knowledge that the money raised by ticket sales and a silent auction would go to support the animal rescue.

“We’re not just cats and dogs,” Myra Gauvreau, president of the club, told the crowd. “We’ve cared for a bit of everything.”

Based out of Donalda, the group actually cares for a larger area that heads south along Highway 56 deeper into Stettler County, as well as east, west and north.

Fiddler Ethan Harty, 13, provided the entertainment for the evening. Harty has been performing with the fiddle since 2009, starting at the age of seven. He had his first CD on sale at the evening, as he varied from old-fashioned fiddle music that had people’s feet stomping to newer country hits.

A final tally raised by the evening wasn’t available by press time, but Gauvreau said the rescue had sold about 60 tickets, some beforehand and some at the door. Local businesses and organizations helped out by donating items for silent auction.