Musical benefit for Richard Godson

A man who has helped Yukon musicians for years — as a key organizer of the Alsek Music Festival and as a music teacher at St. Elias Community School – is now being offered help.

While Haines Junction’s Richard Godson is receiving treatment for cancer in Vancouver, a musical benefit will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Westmark Whitehorse.

“There will be Brenda Berezan, Barbara Chamberlin …” Ruth Lawrence pauses, trying to think of all the performers who have donated their time to perform. Then, finally, “… and a whack of them from Whitehorse.”

It is an event that is being pulled together quickly. But she does know of two bands from Haines Junction that will perform. One is comprised of students at the school and the second is of graduates.

Godson, who is also the vice principal of the Haines Junction school, will be finished treatment in late March, so he won’t be able to attend.

But his children – Chloe, Geoff and Leigh – will be there and the event will be videotaped.

There will be a silent auction to help raise money. So far, there are music lessons, art and a $1,000 guitar donated by Unitech.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Westmark Whitehorse. Admission is by donation.

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