Mary Cook, Teagan McLaren and Suzanne Steele featured at WDMH Foundation fundraiser, March 7

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Coinciding with International Women’s Week

WINCHESTER — Celebrated Ottawa valley author and columnist Mary Cook will speak Thursday, March 7 at Winchester’s Old Town Hall in celebration of International Women’s Week.  Doors open 6 p.m. for the scheduled 7 p.m. show also featuring recording artist Teagan McLaren and local actor Suzanne Steele.

The fundraiser is being organized by the North Dundas Arts Council (NDAC) in support of Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation’s general equipment fund. The provincial government does not fund medical equipment purchases such as the two state-of-the-art birthing beds on the Foundation’s wish list.

“International Women’s Week events often focus on the hard realities of being women and survivors of breast cancer, violence and spousal abuse,” says NDAC co-chair Ann Brady. “We wanted to celebrate the strength and joy of women as mothers, grandmothers and aunties. Winchester District Memorial has been such a big part of that in our community, so we approached the Foundation about contributing toward the hospital’s birthing unit. The Foundation loved the idea and has been very supportive. We are also proud to say that this inclusive event welcomes men to attend and enjoy the show, too!”

Cook will have copies of her books available during reception. McLaren, who wowed the audience when she opened for Fred Penner at his Old Town Hall show in September 2017, will perform songs from her upcoming album. Steele, a Dundas County Players’ veteran actor, will serve as emcee, adding her hilarious flair for comedy.

“These wonderful artists were on board with this celebration right from day one, as were the local business women who are generously donating door prizes, the raffle prize and the reception,” says Brady.

Tickets are $25, which includes reception, and are available at Winchester’s Seaway Valley pharmacy or by calling Cindy Peters at the WDMH Foundation at 613-774-2422 extension 6172.

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