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A Stratford Christmas supports local charities

The Stratford Arts and Culture Collective (SACC) would like to thank all those who were involved with and attended our event, A Stratford Christmas, held at The Festival Theatre on December 16th in partnership with D2 Entertainment. 


In the true spirit of giving, A Stratford Christmas was proud to support two local charities. By attending this event, the audience not only enjoyed a memorable holiday experience but also contributed to the betterment of their community.  The SACC thoroughly enjoyed coming together for this holiday celebration and are thrilled to announce that thanks to the community’s generous support, we have raised $7,708 to be divided equally between Optimism Place and Shelterlink Youth Services.


A Stratford Christmas was hosted by award-winning stage and film actress Sheila McCarthy and David Rogers (Phantom of the Opera, Stratford Starbright) both whose comedic talents kept the audience rolling in laughter.  The production featured a stellar lineup of world-class artists including Robert Ball, Mark Cassius, Laura Condlln, June Crowley, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Erica Peck, Rebecca Poff and Michael VanHevel. Music Direction was by Mark Payne.  Showcased were local and homegrown talent like Anika and Britta Johnson and Jake Stern along with the Stratford Concert Choir. The combination of the co-hosts’ humour, the selection of music and readings, and a grand finale with the talent and audience joining in made for a truly magical Christmas afternoon of entertainment.


Past fundraising events produced by the SACC include Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute, and Hyprov with Colin Mochrie.  These events allow SACC to continue their work to identify the needs of arts and culture organizations and independent artists in our community with the goal of supporting and strengthening them both individually and collectively.  The SACC is in the planning stages for two fundraising events later this year.

In Photo:  Barb Cottle (Shelterlink), Nancy Preston (Optimism Place), Cate Trudeau (Shelterlink)


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