Aaron Pritchett performing at the Concert Under The Stars at Thalassa Restaurant on July 7.

Ronald McDonald House fundraiser in Qualicum Beach raises thousands

There was an auction at the end of the show for a backyard concert by Aaron Pritchett

One lucky group will be having a backyard concert from Aaron Pritchett for the winning bid of $7,000.

At the end of the Concert Under The Stars on July 7, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, there was an auction for a private backyard concert catered by Thalassa Restaurant.

Pritchett said he told Oura Giakoumakis, Thalassa Restaurant co-owner and concert organizer, about the idea at the last minute.

“Why not? It’d be great. It’d be a lot of fun,” Pritchett said.

After the show, Giakoumakis started the bid at $4,000.

“When she started the bidding at $4,000, I thought, ‘Oh, maybe come down to about $500 maybe and then go from there.’ She started the bid again at $3,000 after that and then we got up to $7,000. It’s crazy. I didn’t expect that,” said Pritchett, adding that he’s done backyard parties like that before.

The fundraising goal for the concert was $25,000 and with the auction, the organizers surpassed their goal.

Despite a rainy Thursday, by the time the concert started in the evening, the weather had cleared up.

“We had a some divine intervention I think that helped us get some great weather for everybody,” Pritchett said.

Giakoumakis has already said she plans to organize another Concert Under The Stars for next year, and Pritchett is already on board.

“Oura is talking about doing it again next year and I’m talking about trying to get other artists to do it as well, so it’s a big fundraising effort for great causes and having some entertaining nights like tonight.”

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