Tanner Steffler Foundation hosts successful Six-String Festivals - July 26, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
While organizers are not yet sure how much was raised over the weekend, the Tanner Steffler Foundation’s twin Six String Summerfest and Music Fest events have been deemed a successful day.
Foundation founder and Tanner’s father John Steffler said that Saturday’s event saw “tremendous community support” with over 400 people making their way through the family-friendly Six-String Summerfest on Saturday afternoon and over 700 coming through the doors for the ticketed Six-String Music Fest.
He said that while final calculations have yet to be made, there’s no doubt it was a healthy event for the foundation, which is continuing to get its message out.
John and Heather Steffler founded the Tanner Steffler Foundation after the overdose death of their son Tanner. The foundation aims to aid and further the discussion surrounding the mental health of the youth of Huron County through various initiatives.
The event, which will be an annual one, latched onto Tanner’s love of music. The afternoon event featured a number of local acts, as well as plenty for children to see and do, while the late night event brought Canada’s leading Tragically Hip tribute band to Seaforth.
The Honey Sweethearts opened the Summerfest stage, followed by Blyth’s newest bicycle mechanic, Jason Lamont. Jake Mitchell then performed, followed by Mary Paige and Irelyn St. Onge, Dustin SkySmith and Steph Martin, Delaney Brooklyn, Haley McNeil and Sarah Menary.
In the evening, Sadman the Clown, Proud Uncles and Stone School played on the evening outdoor stage, while Ray Lyell and the Storm and Practically Hip played indoors that night.
The night was capped off by the results of the large silent auction and a small live auction, led by award-winning auctioneer Kevin McArter.
Steffler says the event will take place at the same place and on the same weekend next year in Seaforth in hopes of becoming one of the town’s biggest events of the year, all for a great cause.
For more information on the Tanner Steffler Foundation, visit it online at tannerstefflerfoundation.com.