Concert raises more than $200K

CLOVERDALE – Saturday’s outdoor benefit concert, Gone Country, went off without a hitch in its second year, according to the event organizers Jamie and Chris Rucheinski.


The event drew over 4,000 people and helped raise $215,000 to fight cancer at Cloverdale’s Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre.


"We just cleaned up and got off the field (Sunday)," Jamie said. "Event-wise it was fantastic…. It was a good vibe throughout."


Chad Brownlee, Karen Lee Batten, Brett Kissel, among other big names in country headlined the event. Chris, one-half of the Rucheinski twins and organizer of the annual event, got engaged during Kissel’s set.


Surrey RCMP reported that no major police incidents occurred during the event.


"The crowd was well behaved with no security issues," said Cpl. Bert Paquet.


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