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Kids Helping Kids hits high note for CAS Angel Campaign

Kids Helping Kids reached out in song to the County’s less fortunate children Saturday night at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute.
More than a dozen young performers belted out favourite songs during the fundraiser for the Children’s Aid Society’s Christmas Angel Campaign.
“I thank organizer Amy Rutherford and all these young entertainers for this night of prime entertainment,” said Wayne Gibbs, of the Picton CAS. “The Kids Helping Kids night is very appropriate as all the funds raised are helping children 16 and under in Prince Edward County.”
The evening was hosted by school board trustee Dwayne Inch, who also thanks the many friends and business sponsors in the community for services and silent auction gifts for the third annual event.
Amy Rutherford opened the show with “Arms of an Angel” followed by “Behind Blue Eyes”, a duet with Emily Griffen.
Emma Woodward sang “Whitehorse”, followed by Cole Norton with “Drops of Jupiter”.
Becky Elliott mixed in with “Tonight Cowboy, You’re Mine”, “If I Die Young” and “Wishing”. Claire Stenhouse followed with “Unwritten” and “Breathe”.
Kydra Mayhew opened with “Paparazzi” and followed with “Bless The Broken Road”. Lisa Nguyen made her first appearance on stage singing “I Can Only Imagine.”
Following intermission, Amy Rutherford accompanied Katie Shannon for “Savior” (see video below) and Katie followed up with “At Last” and “Lithium”.
Mark Bass, teacher at CML Snider School, accompanied Tatyana Sylla for “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Beautiful”.
Chris McMahon followed with “What a Wonderful World” (see video below). Emily Arnold brought “Cowboy Sweetheart” and “Country Sunshine”.
Amy Rutherford returned to present “My Immortal” and “Feeling Good”. Abilgail Chapman closed the show with “Mary Did You Know”.

Some of the County’s most talented youth will raise their voices in song in the annual Kids Helping Kids evening of music to help bring the magic of Christmas to all County children.

Former PECI student Amy Sedore started the event in 2008 and it has raised in excess of $4,000 to assist the Childrens’ Aid Society Angel Campaign.

This year Kids Helping Kids will be held Saturday, Nov. 20th from 7-9:30 p.m. at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. Tickets: $10 can be purchased at: Strum – 252 Main Street, Picton; by calling 613-476-3982 (10-8pm) or by emailing to have ticket reserved and held at the door.
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Kids Helping Kids Biographies:

Amy Rutherford is 15 and a Grade 10 student at PECI.  She  has been singing since she was four years old in her church and around the County and Belleville at different venues, fundraisers and churches including Wesley Acres where she sang before 1000 people at the young age of 11.
Having studied voice first with Emily Fennell and then Robert Martin of Belleville, Amy has recently began training with Katalin Kiss of Picton.
Amy was 2009’s 3rd place winner of the Picton Rising Stars competition and as a result was the chosen soloist to perform with renowned conductor, Michael Reason in
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church “Love Is A Song”  Christmas program.  Amy currently sings on her church worship team and loves to play piano, acoustic and electric
guitar as well as the bass guitar.  Amy’s musical interests are varied in that she enjoys everything from pop, contemporary Christian, blues, folk and jazz.

Katie Shannon is a Grade 11 student at PECI and is this year’s Picton Rising Star winner!  A very accomplished young woman, she started taking piano lessons with Phyllis Antognini in 2000 and voice in 2008 and is still continuing with these lessons.  She is self-taught in guitar and took violin in high school.  Katie also took piano lessons in 2009 with Tony Silvestri.
Katie’s many performances include the lead role of Cinderella in both PECI’s “Into the Woods” and Mt. Tabors “A Christmas Cinderella”.  Her singing performances also include International Women’s Day, Canada Day, Festival of Trees, nursing homes,
school plays, World AIDS Day, Fiddle & Frostbite, Relay for Life, various fundraisers, You Should Hear Them Now! (2009, 2010)

Emma Woodward is a Grade 9 student at PECI and her interests include singing, acting, sports, listening to music and she likes to write her own songs. Emma would like to be a professional singer but is also looking at a career as a paramedic.  She takes vocal training with CarolRutledge.

Simon Rutherford is 11, and is the brother of Amy Rutherford.  Simon is a Grade 6 student at Queen Elizabeth. Simon enjoys cars, drawing and is currently making a “very large” N scale train diorama in his room at home.

Claire Stenhouse is a Grade 10 student at PECI.  She has had roles in many local theatre productions including the title role in the Marysburgh Mummer’s production of Annie. She has been performing at her church and around the community since the age of  nine. Although her main passion is voice and theatre, she also enjoys playing the guitar, reading and participating in her youth group.

Cole Norton is 13 years old.  He has been playing the piano for six years and singing now for a year and a half.  He loves baseball and cats.

Kydra Mayhew is a Grade 9 student in the foundations program at Moira Secondary school.  She has been part of the Maryburgh Mummers for six years, of which she has choreographed and  directed.  She plays the tuba and enjoys singing, acting and dancing.  Kydra loves the arts.

Becky Elliott – Born and raised in Prince Edward County, 19-year old Becky has always had a dream  to sing. She has been singing since she was little and recently decided to take her dreams to the big stage.  After placing 2nd place in Picton’s Rising Star two years in a row, she thrived to get her music out to a bigger crowd. She has participated in many shows including the Kids Helping Kids Show, the Cangig Country Music competition, The Circle of Song in Waupoos, Just Past The Pines Jamboree and many
more. She has also performed multiple times at the Trent Valley Jamboree where she sang with bands such as The Grant Carson Band, Mahogony Ridge, and others.
She is now in her second year at Durham College, studying the Music Business Management program, where she has begun to work on recording her first CD!

Emily Arnold is 14 years old and currently a Grade 9 student at PECI.  She lives on a small dairy farm and is an active member in 4H and Prince Edward County’s figure skating association.  Aside from 4H and skating, Emily enjoys spending  time with friends and family and singing country music!

Tatyana Sylla is a 13 year old Grade 8 student at CML Snider School.  She started singing around the age of three to Shania Twain songs.  Tatyana has taken guitar lessons from Don Hinde for three years and singing lessons from Jane McGall for two years.  For the past three years, Tatyana has been going to guitar camp at Mt. Tabor Playhouse.  This past year has seen Tatyana performing at The Waring House with other Rising Star contestants, at the Acoustic Grill and also with her cousin Jenica Rayne.  Last Christmas, Tatyana performed at The H.J. McFarland Home.   Tatyana plays piano, guitar, drums and she also write songs, one of which was  written during the Seeds program at Queen’s University.  You can also find Tatyana singing the National Anthem at the Dukes games and some of the Picton Pirates games.   Tatyana made her first CD this year, called “Let Me Go” and donated half the proceeds to the CML Snider Music program.

Lisa Nguyen is a Grade 11 student at Centennial Secondary in Belleville.  Lisa enjoys art, singing and dancing and would like her future career to include something from the arts.  Lisa performs on her church worship team and this is her first concert.

Abilgail Chapman – is 11 years old and attends CML Snider School. She has performed for the Marysburgh Mummers, and more recently at the Empire Theatre in a production of Annie. She regularly takes part in her school talent show, and has sung at Emmanuel Baptist Church and Gospel in the Park. Most recently she was
delighted to become the Picton Rising Star’s Peoples’ Choice winner, and a runner up in the 2010 contest. Abbie just loves to sing, and thoroughly enjoys her weekly lessons with Jane McGall, who has helped her achieve First Class Honours at Voice Grade II with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Christopher McMahon – is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at PECI. An avid sportsman, he loves to play baseball and has just made the basketball team for PECI. Chris plays bass and electric guitar and tonight is his first real public performance singing his ‘signature’ piece that all his friends and family know him for.

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  1. Victoria Rutherford says:

    I just wanted to say what a wonderful job these kids did. Each and everyone of them performed with the utmost professionalism and were a delight to work with and listen to.

    I am constantly amazed by the talent in our community!

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