The Marchand Sisters, also known as the Hamm Sisters, were instrumental in organizing a “Smokin’ Summer Charity BBQ Rib Off”Marchand Inn was the host of Saturday’s event, August 27, 2007. There were 10 competitors with all proceeds of the event going towards mental health awareness through Robb Nash Project
Singer, songwriter and advocate for struggling kids, Robb Nash, was invited to the event as a guest judge and speaker as many in the community of Marchand are still mourning the loss of a young life on April 10, 2022.
Nash talked about being a rib-tasting judge and jokingly says, “I’m going to quit music and just eat ribs now. I’m going to be able to for weeks now because there’s a lot (of rib meat) in my beard.”
Then on the serious side, he shares what fundraisers like this mean to him, “Well, you know, like so many communities, they (Marchand residents) went through a tough time. They suffered a terrible loss, but they were willing and able to come together. It’s the first time they’ve ever done this. They had a Rib-Off after they got together. They were selling items. I sold a guitar, and people were so generous.
Nash adds, “They discovered about the work I do with all sorts of young people across America.”An assortment of children who had been struggling with eating disorders, mental illness and addiction came together. It was an amazing event. We shared a lot of laughs, a lot of tears, and they raised over $5,250 for us to get our curriculum, The Robb Nash Project into schools across Canada. I’m just so moved to be here with the people of Marchand.”
Many in attendance at the fundraiser were glad to learn that the work Nash was doing was helping and reaching many youths across the Country, which was humbling for Nash.
“Wow, you know, it’s one of those things, honestly, like any good party, there are moments when you’re having a laugh, you’re having a good time, you’re having a drink and then there are other moments where you’re having some meaningful conversations. And yeah, I got to say a few words and just meet some amazing people. I got to hear some amazing stories of other people’s struggles and breakthroughs that they’ve had. And yeah, being from small-town Manitoba myself, you know, just being here seeing the crew get together, not just to have a good time but for a cause, honestly, I was so moved. It just means the world to me to be here.”
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