The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Board of Directors are honoured to present the 2018 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award to The Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert. Given out annually, the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award distinguishes those who have made an outstanding contribution of time and energy in support of humanitarian causes and 2018 will highlight the admirable work of Troy Vollhoffer and the Country Thunder team in support of Humboldt Broncos families.
Following the devastating Humboldt Broncos bus crash where 16 people lost their lives and 13 players were injured, Country Thunder Festival and the Country Thunder Foundation recognized the need to support a community devastated by loss. Working alongside the Canadian country music industry, the two organizations brought together Canada’s biggest names in country music a mere three weeks after the accident, working tirelessly to create a heartfelt night to raise spirits and pay tribute to all in attendance at the SaskTel Centre on April 27.
“Troy Vollhoffer’s eagerness to help families affected by the accident radiates true compassion,” said Ted Ellis, Chair, CCMA Board of Directors. “We are proud and honoured to celebrate him, the Country Thunder team and the Country Thunder Foundation for their efforts in bringing hope to their community.”
Country acts were not the only ones in attendance that evening. The concert saw 50 current and former NHL players including Wendel Clark (Toronto Maple Leafs), Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers), Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens), Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers head coach), Mike Modano (former Dallas Star forward and Hall of Fame inductee), Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames) and Hayley Wickenheiser (Team Canada). Many athletes walked across the green stage, placing a hockey stick on the Humboldt jerseys as a sign of respect to the 16 lives lost and the 13 injured as a result of the crash.
“My father Allan Slaight truly believed in giving back to the community and The Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert was an exceptional demonstration of what is possible when people come together in support of others,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. “Being able to celebrate the unparalleled generosity of Country Thunder, the Country Thunder Foundation and all involved by presenting them with this recognition is exactly what we had in mind when creating the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award in my father’s honour.”
Raising more than $600K in support of affected families, the one-night event saw fundraised dollars divided between the 29 affected families, the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation and SJHL Assistance Fund.
“Having the ability to positively impact those reeling from the outcome of the Humboldt crash has been rewarding beyond words,” explained Troy Vollhoffer, Founder, Premier Global Production. “Getting recognized with the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award provides us with another opportunity to celebrate everyone involved in this incredible night and we are honoured to accept this award on their behalves.”
This CCMA Award of Achievement is named the Slaight Humanitarian Award in recognition of the generous donation made by the Slaight Music Foundation. The 2018 Slaight Humanitarian Award will be presented to Troy Vollhoffer, Nick Meinema and Kelly Chase during a private industry event as part of Country Music Week, taking place September 6-9 in Hamilton, Ontario. For further details on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award and other CCMA Awards of Achievement click here.
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I shoot live music performances and concerts. I love the excitement of entering a venue, knowing that I’ll be photographing a concert and enjoying the energy of the crowd. There’s nothing like being in a venue and looking at the expressions on the faces of people who are all transfixed by the talent onstage. I shoot about 120 shows each year, averaging 2 bands per show, as well as several all-day and weekend festivals in and around Southern Ontario. From the large venues to very small ones, bright lights or barely lit stages, I hope that my photos capture the enjoyment the artists have in doing what they love to do.