John Mang and Sue Wood play the Mex Pub to raise funds for the Comox Valley Community Foundation Tuesday.

John Mang and Sue Wood play the Mex Pub to raise funds for the Comox Valley Community Foundation Tuesday.

Duo playing for Community Foundation

1st Tuesday Fundraiser features Sue Wood and John Mang

There’s a warm and wonderful opportunity for Comox Valley music lovers coming to the Mex Pub on Dec. 1.

Performing at the next 1st Tuesday Fundraiser benefit concert will be the seasoned duo Sue Wood and John Mang. Partners in music and in life, John and Sue have been performing together for over 20 years. Sue’s rich vocal tones and John’s expressive keyboard styling is a perfect musical match.

Their talent as a duo reaches well beyond the stage too. Since settling in the Valley, John and Susan have worked hard behind the scenes working with local musicians in the recording studio, and helping to organize community events that include Comox Nautical Days and Vancouver Island MusicFest.

The audience can expect them to cover a range of musical ground from pop to rock to jazz. Their repertoire includes only originals – just not theirs – but everyone else’s. From Gershwin to GaGa – from Patsy to Pink – and more.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy their music,” says event organizer Judy Wing. “These concerts offer a unique setting where local musicians can do a feature set of their favourite material in whatever genre they want to.”

Admission to the evening is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF). Since its inception 20 years ago, this non-profit organization has been enriching the lives of residents in the Comox Valley through a wide range of grants, bursaries and scholarships made possible by the proceeds from a portfolio that exceeds $11 million.

Donations to the CVCF are added to a collective investment, held in perpetuity, and redistributed to support community building initiatives. The foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants, bursaries and scholarships, and this year (2014/15) awarded another $200,000 to community non-profit agencies, organizations and students.

The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with an opening set by event organizers Judy and Bruce Wing, joined by violinist Blaine Dunaway.

The monthly concert series is entering its eighth season, a longevity made possible by the continuous sponsorship of the Mex Pub, the generous musicians of the Comox Valley, and the faithful support of audiences that come out to show support for the local charities that benefit the community.

Tax receipts will be available at the door for donations over $20. Food donations for the Food Bank are also appreciated.