THE INAUGURAL ‘DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA’ IS BORN !!!!
EDITION N O V E M B E R 2 0 10
In what can only be described as being slightly ‘left of centre’ to events held by Foundation Shine Inc. in the past, Rockabilly came to town bringing, colour, music, dancing, all American cars and a great group of people to create awareness, acceptance and raise funds for sufferers of mental illness.
George was astounded ound ded d by by the incredible interest and enthusiasm generated by this inaugural event, being stopped every weekend at car events by people wanting to know more, wanting to know ‘how they could be a part of it’!!
Such was the interest in this event and the passion in the rockabilly scene people travelled far and wide including Chris who joined up with Steve and Jake from Melbourne and TJ and his family dressed in the error and theme, travelling from Pt. Pirie in their pink Cadillac.
When I say, the event was ‘left of centre’ it goes hand in hand with the fact that mental illness does not discriminate and people from all walks of life can be and are effected themselves or someone close to them is, so this event most appropriate. The main instigators for the entire event were George and Leah Cushnie who arranged everything from woe to go, with the inspiration for the naming and theme of the event born by our close friend Gen. Their businesses Dirty Devil Kustoms and RCFA backed the Fiesta arranging sponsors, bands, publicity, flyers, posters, decorations, tickets, staging, food vans and absolutely everything that was required to make the event the success it was. This coupled with the Whiteline Transport facility of Bob and Shaz Middleton to host the event resulted in a fantastic all round show.
The entertainment were Rockabilly royalty, the lineup included: Silverados Salvy and the Hired Help Sons of Sun DJ Christine DJ Midnight Rocker – Dave Gartland (What about Dave’s Aluminum Bass Display !) Our amazing M.C. was Jess. Roger on sound and the wonderful services of Francis Macri as stage manager and coordinator for the entertainment. With a special guest appearance by rocking and boppin T.J. !!
This combined with the ‘gentle’ persuasion by George to the transport industry resulted in the following generous sponsorship and donations:
All of these incredibly talented bands are heavily booked each weekend and didn’t hesitate to come to the fray giving their time with a modest fee charged and covered by RCFA.
Frank and Margi Lenzi, Cleveland Freightlines donated funds
The support from Christine through her Orange Blossom Special program on Coast FM were very generous in promoting the event and even dedicated a half hour segment for Sharon to speak about the work of Foundation Shine and the Fiesta.
Grant Verdon didn’t hesitate in providing the hire equipment needed, the staging, tables, chairs, dance floor etc.
Trevor Gould and the Pacific National team donated funds
Malcolm Beattie provided portable toilet facilities and flood lighting
ppllying i Rosemary and Charlie Barbaro supplying some of the alcohol for the bar and mobile cool room which was a godsend. Joe Barbaro donated 9 cartons of beer and coordinated donation from Coopers and SA Brewery being 10 x cartons of Hahn Premium Light and raffle item. Wayne at Wizard Car Products had on display his products and donated a $180 bag of products for our raffle. Direct Freight Express gave us use of their industrial sweeper to prepare the venue.
The Whiteline Staff Phil Phil, Mich Michele, Brenton, Mark and Pondi were a great help setting up on Friday night and Saturday. Danny and Scott helped Bob prep and shine up the display in the car shed.
Thanks also to Chez and the team at Adelaide Sign Design for their expertise in bringing the Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta logos and themes to life in banners and posters.
Stall holders Lee and Julie with Hot Rock Gear, Pauline with Street Rod Parts and More, Wayne from Wizard Car Products, Pin striping Sam, Francis Macri with his collector c.d.’s and books and Whiteline Racing, with the stall manned by Ellen Cushnie all added further interest and colour for all. A it is with events of this magnitude, As help on hand is vital and to this end, we a acknowledge and thank, Brenton and A Angie Matheson, Brent was busy on t bar and Angie taking pics for our the newsletter – check out the gallery you might see yourself !!! Liam, Matt and Brannon for working the very busy bar a an important mention and thanks and t Mark and Darren the tough guys on to s security at the entry gate.
Th incredibly i dibl artistic i i G i The Gen ffor h her d design on the flyers, ticketing and mural at the car shed.
As a result of the evening, a joint fund raiser for Foundation Shine Inc and Kustom Kulture weekend we were able to raise $9300.00 for the event, half going to each cause. It just goes to show not only can a good time be had, but good can be done at the same time – the result, we all win and many will derive the benefit. Those ssupporters of Kustom Kulture really b banded together to create something p pretty special. T Thank you to you all for supporting our c cause – as the header says, it was the iinaugural event, so let’s look forward to a an even bigger show in 2011 and judging b by the calls George has had so far, it w will be a highly anticipated event on the Rockabilly calendar !! R
Robyn May of Foundation Shine donated products and prepared raffle items.
Barbaro Angie Matheson, Matheson Rosemary Barbaro, Barbi Jones, Barb Reuter and Ellen Cushnie were busy selling raffle tickets and ‘skull’ shortbread biscuits. In fact it is fair to say Rosemary and Barbi were relentless in their raffle ticket sales – no one was safe !!
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Published on Aug 30, 2011