Please, Louise! Young Volunteers Helping Make St. Pat's “Footloose” Extra Special


Jared Kreiner, Evan Fanti, and Thomas Brassard volunteered to make extra Candy Bags for St. Pat’s production of Footloose, which runs from April 30 – May 5 at the Selkirk Auditorium.

by Graham Strong - April 25, 2018

Three young volunteers are helping behind the scenes to make St. Patrick’s High School’s upcoming production of Footloose extra sweet.

Not only will the play be raising money in support of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Nucci’s famous Candy Bags will also be available. Evan Fanti, Jared Kreiner, and Thomas Brassard are helping to put together extra Candy Bags, which will be sold during the production for $1 each. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation.

Evan Fanti is a grade 10 student at St. Ignatius High School, but was happy to volunteer his time to help out with the St. Pat’s production.

“I like that it is helping give back to the community,” Evan said. “We all have friends and family who have needed care from our Hospital. I’m happy to volunteer my time to support the Hospital, and that it goes towards my volunteer hours.”

The boys pick up the supplies so that they can put together bags whenever their busy schedules allow. “It’s something I can do at home when I have time,” he said.

That flexibility is helpful for Jared Kreiner, who is also at St. Ignatius in grade 12. Jared plays basketball and other sports through the year, but can still make time to fill Candy Bags. He’s seen firsthand the difference volunteering and fundraising makes.

“When I was volunteering to sell Candy Bags at Canadian Tire, I met one of the patients who was getting help from community donations. The money we raised helped buy the treatment equipment he and other patients needed,” Jared said. “It shows that what you’re doing is making a difference.”

Thomas Brassard, who is in grade 12, is doing double duty, volunteering to help with Candy Bags along with being one of the leads in the play. He’s following in his sister’s theatrical footsteps.

“I’ve done plays in the past. Two years ago, we did The Little Mermaid. I decided to audition for this one too.” Thomas said he saw the play as an opportunity to be a part of the community, and is especially happy that it is raising funds for a great cause. “Every play raises money for a community foundation or organization.”

Footloose runs April 30 to May 5, 2018 with evening shows at 7pm in the Selkirk Auditorium, St. Patrick’s High School. Tickets are $20 and available at St. Patrick High School Monday to Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm. For more information, please contact St. Patrick High School main office at (807) 623-5218. And don’t forget to hit the concession stand!

(If you can’t wait to treat yourself, Candy Bags are available at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre including the Health Sciences Foundation Donation Centre and at other locations in Thunder Bay. The program couldn’t happen without the support of Tuan and Tatia of Real Canadian Superstore and Shawn at No Frills, who provide the candy at a discounted price.)

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