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$1M donation for new National Music Centre
Colleen Schmidt, CTV Calgary
Published Monday, May 26, 2014 5:40PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, May 26, 2014 6:41PM MDT
A foundation honouring two young girls killed 24 years ago is making a huge donation to the new National Music Centre in their honour.
Jaimie Hill, 10, and Tammy-Lynn Powers, 16, died in 1990 while on a chartered bus trip to Penticton for a dance event.
The girls were killed when pipes slid off a truck near Golden and slammed into the bus.
Members of the Jaimie Hill & Tammy-Lynn Powers Memorial Foundation raised money by selling charity bears, collecting bottles, working casinos and hosting golf tournaments.
The group has been working on fund raising for years and recently presented the National Music Centre with a $1M donation.
The stage in the 300-seat performance space of the new centre will be dedicated to the memory of the girls and organizers say the theatre is a good fit for the donation.
“They saw that dance would fit in with this as well because without music you can't have dance, and with dance you need music, so it worked,” said Don Powers, Tammy-Lynn’s father.
“The girls would love to see the programs that the National Music Centre does, they would love to be a fit with that I believe, and we're carrying through their name in an amazing project,” said La Shayna Ozubko, bus crash survivor.
A portion of the money will be used to construct the building and the rest will go into programming.
The National Music Centre is scheduled to open in early 2016.
(With files from Kevin Fleming)