The Holiday Season is upon us, and for many this is a season of family gatherings, plentiful food and treasured gifts. I can’t help but think of those whose life does not include a family, or loved ones nearby. And some families have lost a loved one, and this loss challenges their joy in the Festive Season.

Last Saturday, close to two hundred theatre-lovers and friends got together to support the grand gesture of the Leduc Drama Society (LDS), as it decided to donate the proceeds of its performance to the fundraising efforts of the Thaddeus Lake Music Foundation for Disadvantaged Children, inspired by a suggestion from Peter Dickhout, an LDS actor and sometimes director.

Based in Leduc, this foundation was created because of the dream of Thad Lake, a Leduc resident, musician, composer and actor, member of the Leduc Drama Society and popular student of Stageworks Academy who died tragically with his close friends Kole and Brad in a highway collision with a drunk driver last fall. 

This Leduc Drama Society performance, the last in a successful series of eight (!!), was a comedy titled “Don’t Get Smart with an Angel”, taking place at the Beaumont Community Centre. Written by George Tibbles, performed by a talented crew of seasoned actors and well directed, this bold and funny play was well received by the packed house; the heartfelt words of gratitude by Karen and Tony Lake, Thaddeus’ parents, moved many and articulately explained how the Foundation came to be.

It was bitterly sweet that this performance took place on the one year anniversary of Thad’s memorial: the Society created by his parents in his memory will benefit ‘disadvantaged’ and musically-inclined children with instruments, classes and mentoring. 

The evening also presented a large Silent Auction, with numerous musical, sports, artsy, fashion and consumable items. It was apparent that many individuals really cared about this event to donate so many quality items, and also that the Foundation’s leaders and supporters did a great job soliciting these donations.

The sumptuous buffet was prepared by The Pipestone Food Co and served by its quietly efficient and friendly staff.

So in light of a wonderful evening, showcasing an excellent theatre performance and a successful fundraiser, we rejoice in Thad Lake’s life, his talent and the love he inspired in so many, that have created a Foundation that will benefit so many children with musical gifts!

The Foundation welcomes further donations and also welcomes you to submit the name of a child without the financial support to encourage their musical journey.

Quoting an article published in Sound and Noise and written by Thad’s cousin Sam Maroney, “if you find yourself unable to make a donation, all we ask is that you help to spread the word about my cousin’s noble pursuit.”

The contact number for information and donations is the Lakes’ number in Leduc, 780-986-0656, and this email will allow you to ask for details:



Source: Leduc Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

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Last updated on: 2012-12-14 | Link to this post