The Mae Wilson Theatre shook all night long, as the Moose Jaw Health Foundation's Healthcare Rocks event took centre stage on Saturday night.
The event featured the longest-touring AC/DC tribute band, Hells Bells from Toronto, who made their first trip to Moose Jaw and the province.
“They fell in love with not only the province but the city as well. They rocked the house; it was an amazing show,” says Kelly McElree, executive director of the Moose Jaw Health Foundation. “The sold-out show at the Mae Wilson Theatre was fantastic. It exceeded my expectations. The energy and fun the crowd had was something to witness."
He adds that Hells Bells was blown away at the reception they got on Saturday from the fans who came to enjoy the show.
“The fists were in the air and they were rocking out. The band would run through the crowd. I was backstage and the band would come to me and say that these guys are amazing. They were so excited to perform in Moose Jaw and the reception they got back, they were blown away.”
McElree could say without a doubt that there will be another Healthcare Rocks event in the future.
To put the cherry on top of the evening Leroy and Leroy made a special appearance, as Leroy in front of the camera was the evening’s MC.
The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Dr. F.H. Regional Hospital, but it was also to showcase the healthcare workers within the facility.
“Two years of COVID really did a number on people and we wanted to create something at the foundation that was pure joy and energy and show what the community could do when it rallies together, and we did that at Healthcare Rocks.”
The funds raised have been earmarked to bring new diagnostic imaging technology to the hospital that will allow healthcare workers to hit the right note with their patients.
“Critical care equipment for our ICU like a new start-of-the-art ICU bed, glideslope for the ER, and I got a request for pediatric nurse training,” explains McElree. "Every single dollar that we raised from Healthcare Rocks is going to help out patients at our hospital.”
All the money that was raised from the Healthcare Rocks event will be announced at the 17th annual 800 CHAB Family First Radiothon on May 4-5 at the Town 'n’ Country Mall.