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The Great Big Dig for the IWK

Saturday, October 28, 2017  | 
The Cunard Centre, Halifax

The Event

Welcome to The Kent Great Big Dig – The region’s most anticipated and exciting fundraising evening for the IWK Health Centre. The Kent Great Big Dig is an event that has raised over 2.8 million dollars in the past 13 years! This year’s event promises to carry on the tradition of success and generosity by raising over $250,000 during an unforgettable evening of food, entertainment, spectacular auction items and prizes. This year the funds from The Kent Great Big Dig will go towards purchasing a piece of much needed equipment for the IWK Health Centre.

The Purpose

This year, funds raised will go towards replacing the IWK Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) aging incubator fleet with new Specialized Neonatal Incubators.

These new incubators include an overhead warmer, which allows the top to be raised so babies can stay warm and comfortable during delicate procedures. The incubators’ ability to quickly transition to an overhead warmer enables staff to respond to emergencies within seconds and ensure the baby’s respiratory and cardiovascular well-being more easily.

Currently, babies in standard incubators may have to be urgently transferred to a warming device when an intervention is required, which can cause undue stress. Specialized Neonatal Incubators are considered standard of care for newborns and are ideal for the care of critically ill infants.


Port Cities

For Port Cities, the sum is definitely greater than the parts, no matter how great those parts are. They were three of the East Coast’s brightest rising stars, all hailed as formidable songwriters and performers, each with their own promising solo careers. But that was then. Now, each brings distinct strengths to bear to create a sound that’s different from anything that they’ve done on their own, or anything you’ve heard from the rich East Coast before. Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro are Port Cities.

Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a four man acoustic rock band from St. John’s, Newfoundland, currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Since 1991 they have toured Canada and beyond, to places such as the Dominican Republic and Moscow, Russia. Winning the best band and best cover band several times in the The Coast (Halifax) reader's poll, as recently as 2013, Signal Hill has been a mainstay in the east coast music scene for years. The formula is simple: great songs you know and love, solid, rich four part vocal and acoustic guitar arrangements, and miles and miles of energy!

Evening Schedule

6:30pm Reception & Silent Auction Viewing
7:30pm Dinner & Entertainment
10:30pm After Party

The Westin Nova Scotian is pleased to offer Kent Great Big Dig attendees a special room rate of $135 based on availability. Call 1-877-993-7846 or 902-496-8585 or click here for more information and booking.

Formal Attire | Complimentary Parking

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Gold Sponsors

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John Flemming
Event Chair
Ocean Contractors

Jennifer Parkhill
Event Coordinator
Parkhill Events

Adam Newhouse

Allison Deveau
Atlantic Cat

Brian Paquette
Bird Construction

Christina Bradshaw

Dan Rudisuela

Duane Saulnier
Grant Thorton

Elizabeth LeClair
IWK Foundation

Graham Langill

Jackie Casey
Parkhill Events

Jeremy Stewart
Marco Group

Liz Rigney

Sarah Alguire
Parkhill Events

Stephanie Sancton

Victoria Stanhope
Stanhope Simpson Insurance

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