Hamilton mountain will be getting a festival of its own this summer and it will all be for a good cause. Sherri Bonnallie and son Devon Rowe have continued their outreach to youth programs and have expanded that outreach into a fundraiser festival event.

The event is planned to take place on July 27th from TB McQueston Park on Upper Wentworth, just south of Limeridge Mall.

Give Proof to Our Youth is planned to be the first annual fundraiser event to encourage Hamilton’s youth to stay off the streets and focus on their education and to give them a chance to reach their goals.

Councillor Tom Jackson has offered his support and donations (letter of recognition) that are from the City.

“This festival is designed to focus on helping our youth further their education,” festival organizer Sherri Bonnallie shared, “and give them the opportunity work (with) the programs already set in place.”

The goal for the fundraiser is to raise $10,000 for local charities.

With the festival still in its early stages, organizers are looking for support from the community as well as helping local businesses and performers. The festival is looking to fill volounteer spots including six stage crew members, six solo artists to perform on stage as well as four bands. The deadline for applying to be a performer at the festival is June 10th.

Thus far local Hamilton talent Tommygunn, That Boy Aint Right, D.J Bones and Tha Chronz have signed on to perform.

Huddle Up Football Youth Drills and Skills will also be at the event. Kids who come out can throw the ball with Semi-pro player Devon Rowe and two more Pro Football Stars.

Plus organizers have a special surprise celebrity who will be making an appearance.

Twenty concession spots are also available for local businesses to set up at the event, including small businesses and food trucks, for a moderate donation of $150.

Anyone interested in signing up as a volunteer, performer or vendor at the fundraiser, or with any questions about the event, is encouraged to contact Sherri Bonnallie at 289-689-2368 between 8am – 6pm weekdays.

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