By all accounts, the “Rockin’ For Kaleb’s Kourage” fundraiser at Rockstar Music Hall on Friday November 16 was a booming success! The near capacity crowd of supporters and family were there to lend support to the family and pay tribute to and honor Kaleb Houle, the courageous young man who tragically succumbed to his third battle against cancer at the tender age of 13 just barely a week before. The concert was presented by Liuna 625 with support from David Hunter of the Drive Magazine.
There were many friends and family members in attendance as well as many people who had heard about Kaleb’s fight on social media or through the local news media. Attendees were treated to some great music from local bands including Leave Those Kids Alone, The Van Lares, Madeline Doornaert, Disaster Strike, The Formula, The Family Soul and closing the night, ITABITH (Is The A Band In The House), featuring fundraiser organizer Jeff Burrows and former Big Sugar member Kelly Hoppe. Local musician Justin James Jewell, himself a recent cancer survivor, approached Jeff Burrows last minute about participating in the fundraiser and was given a slot to perform a few songs.
There were tables full of donated items for auction including sports tickets, original artworks, a wine fridge with a retail value of $1000.00 and maybe the most interesting item, an acoustic guitar signed by artists from the 2018 International Bluesfest Windsor.
Although this fundraiser was originally organized while Kaleb was battling his cancer, as was noted earlier, Kaleb unfortunately lost his battle on November 10. The fundraiser Kaleb’s Kourage is continuing until December 22 to help cover the medical and travel costs incurred by the family during this ordeal. If you would like to help in any way you can, please donate through “Kaleb’s Kourage” fundraiser on Facebook. Support has been outstanding but there is still a way to go to meet the goal so any help is greatly appreciated.
Online donations can be made at https://www.facebook.com/donate/337294140174039/1939645196333193/
Once again here is the link if you would like to mane an online donation to the Kaleb’s Kourage campaign https://www.facebook.com/donate/337294140174039/1939645196333193/
For the complete photo gallery of this concert please visit the set we posted on the Eyes On Windsor Facebook Page.
Photos & Article by Dan Boshart
Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter.