By Mallory Clarkson

An Alberta songstress will be throwing her voice behind the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) this weekend as the agency raises more funds for its new location. On Sept. 13, Grande Prairie-native Carolyn Dawn Johnson will be bringing her musical talents to the Vic Juba Community Theatre at 8 p.m.

Tracy Klotz, vice-chair of the LCYC board and event chair, said proceeds will be going towards moving the cramped centre into a larger facility, as well as costs associated with renovations of the new spot. He added this kind of event could become a more permanent fixture on Lloydminster’s event calendar.

But with the award-winning singer’s performance on the horizon, Klotz said he couldn’t be happier. “Carolyn Dawn Johnson is the 2012 female country music (artist) of the year,” he said. “I’m hearing nothing but fantastic comments about what kind of a person she is and it’s very suitable to our type of community involvement, our type of centre and things like that. “Everybody that’s involved in the concert and has been talking about it is tremendously excited to know because she’s a fantastic performer and very giving of her fans.” Tickets cost $40 and Klotz said it would be “amazing” if in excess of $20,000 could be raised from this event.

While the LCYC was set to move into its new location come October, Klotz said that won’t happen, but said the board should be able to make an announcement on that over the next couple of weeks.
As for why people should come out to the show, aside from watching a great performance, is to support an essential service that’s near and dear to Lloydminster residents. “With kids coming from challenging homes or adopted or having trouble, there’s a place they can go to hopefully get some good hangout time with other people and possibly even talks with some of the people who work there, some of the volunteers, some of the staff,” he said. “That’s the reason why it’s really important to us in Lloydminster. “We have to understand that probably one of the most important things we have to deal with is the next future generation and I think that’s where the LCYC is a very strong essential for the community.”

Klotz added between 7,000 and 10,000 sets of feet go through the centre every year, which makes for a cramped facility on some nights. A new facility and more space, he continued, will make way for more programs, too. “We can start to open up the area for the kids to do other things and multitasking in different rooms or different parts of the facility without being in each others’ way,” Klotz said.

For more information on the centre, call 306-825-3113 or email Tickets can be purchased at the Vic Juba Community Theatre.

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