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Oct 4, 2018

SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT RAISES $4,997 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES THROUGH GUITAR AUCTIONS

2018 Guitar Auction Cheque Presentation

Above: Spectra's Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing & Group Sales, William Balfour and Director of Ticketing, Carol Ann Loree are excited with this year's donation from the 2018 Charity Guitar Auctions.

2016 Guitar Auction Cheque Presentation

Above: Spectra's Director of Ticketing Carol Ann Loree, Vince Vella, General Manager, and William Balfour, Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing & Group Sales with the donation and guitars from the 2017 Charity Guitar Auctions.


Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Tribute Communities Centre, has raised $4,997.20 through five guitar auctions over the past two years which has benefited the Canadian Cancer Society, Distress Centre Durham, Canadian Mental Health Association-Durham and most recently the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Grandview Children’s Foundation. The guitars were autographed by a myriad of musical artists and bands that performed at the Tribute Communities Centre over the past two years.

“The donation generated from Spectra’s guitar auction will assist Heart & Stroke in our mission priorities of promoting health, saving lives and enhancing recovery. We are extremely grateful to have a wonderful community partner in Spectra and also thankful to the fantastic artists that enticed fan support,” stated Lori Armour, Senior Area Manager for Peterborough and Durham Region for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

A local resident won the sunburst Fender Squier Bullet Stratocaster Electric Guitar that was autographed by members of Foreigner, PRiSM, Arkells, Saxon, Judas Priest, Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good with proceeds of $1,055.19 that will benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

“We are truly honoured to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the guitar auction fundraiser. We would like to thank Spectra at the Tribute Communities Centre for hosting such a unique and exciting fundraiser, as well as our friends in the community who participated in the auction. The funds raised will help support our Grandview Kids Believe Campaign,” said Brandy Reid, Community Engagement & Fundraising Coordinator for Grandview Children’s Foundation.

A local resident was awarded the Beavercreek Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar that was autographed by members of James Barker Band, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith, Meghan Patrick, The Sadies, Dierks Bentley, Blue Rodeo, Jon Pardi, Tom Cochrane, Cole Swindell, High Valley, River Town Saints, Tim Hicks, Jason Blaine and Johnny Reid with proceeds of $761.01 that will benefit Grandview Children’s Foundation.

“Giving back is important to us at Spectra and we are extremely thankful to all those that participated in this initiative to make it a success,” said Spectra’s William Balfour, Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing and Group Sales. “After last year’s auction and the excitement from the artists, bands and charities involved, we knew this was a great way to assist local charities in the market and we look to keep this initiative moving forward into 2019 to be able to help more charities in Oshawa and the Durham Region.”

Spectra is always giving back when they can in Oshawa and the Durham Region. Spectra regularly works with charitable organizations for fundraising and special events, they organize their annual Touch-a-Truck event and their Durham Central Adult Hockey League hosts food drives and diaper drives to name a few.