Timaru's Savage Club raises hundreds of dollars for Heart Foundation

Neve O'Conner sings and plays at the concert on Sunday afternoon.
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Neve O'Conner sings and plays at the concert on Sunday afternoon.

A sell-out crowd supported an ensemble of performers who raised hundreds of dollars for a worthy cause on Sunday.

Performers in groups and solo acts entertained and enthralled by 180 people who attended the Timaru Savage Club Variety Concert.

Club members were well-used to regular performances but this was the club's only public concert of the year.

The show was a sell out, raising more than $500 for the Timaru branch of the Heart Foundation.
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The show was a sell out, raising more than $500 for the Timaru branch of the Heart Foundation.

"This is what we do through out the year - entertain each other," club secretary Janette Clarke said as members prepared to take the stage. 

The 21st annual show went on to raise more than $500 for Timaru's Heart Foundation.

Throughout the afternoon, the stage became home to about 50 of the club's members. Between them, they presented 16 items to the crowd.

Nancy Bennet and Nina Deveroux entertain with a few duets on the piano at the Variety Concert on Sunday
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Nancy Bennet and Nina Deveroux entertain with a few duets on the piano at the Variety Concert on Sunday

Piano duets, a singing group, and ukulele players made way for sketches, bands and other groups. 

Guitar player Kevin Moore joined the club about a year ago. He loved all types of music and was keen to perform.

He was ready for a busy, entertaining afternoon: he and band MLC (Mid-Life Crisis) had three songs on their list, and he had a couple of solos. 

The Black Notes open for the Savage Club Variety Concert on Sunday.
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The Black Notes open for the Savage Club Variety Concert on Sunday.

Member Beth Strathern was part of the Savage Club Song Group and the club's ukulele group, The Seaside Strummers.

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"I like music, and I like the people with a common interest," Strathern said ahead of taking the stage.

"We have all sorts of sketchs, poetry and whatever people can do."

The club always held a fundraiser in August each year, and always made a donation from the proceeds from ticket sales to a local charity, Clarke said.

"We do get great support from the people, which we're very grateful for," she said.

"They're all are own members, no imports," she said.

 

 - Stuff

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