Rodeo Lounge has fabulous bash for Holly House

Lynne Wells
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What does a transition house have in common with Atlantic Canadas number one country music nightclub? Burnsides Rodeo Lounge adopted Holly House last year as its charity of the year and

Burnside - What does a transition house have in common with Atlantic Canadas number one country music nightclub? Burnsides Rodeo Lounge adopted Holly House last year as its charity of the year and has held a number of fundraisers, including a big Christmas bash, with all proceeds going to support the house.

Holly House is a transition house for women in the Halifax-Dartmouth area, operated by the Elizabeth Fry Society, that opened its doors in April 2007 thanks to the Government of Canadas Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Other funding partners included community organizations, Kent Building Supply and Greytop Construction, which provided discounts on services.

Residents have a community kitchen, community garden and access to a wide range of workshops on everything from anger management to setting personal boundaries. Theres also a food bank, clothing bank and relapse prevention support services with an addiction counselor on site. Residents can also take advantage of yoga and meditation programs.

Carla Balser, the dynamic owner of the Rodeo Lounge, is a strong advocate of giving back to the community, something she and her staff have a definite knack for. The nightclub team has been hosting auctions, parties and fund-raising shows for years in support of local causes.

Youve got to give back when you get so much, Balser says. The Rodeo staff and customers are happy to support local causes and Im thrilled to be a part of all that.

Balser says the turkey dinner and auction in support of Holly House was a fabulous event.

It was a really big show, with Mark Cameron, J.D. Clark and Steve Whelan. It went over very well, she says.

Along with the Rodeo Lounge, Holly House is supported through ongoing partnerships with local community organizations such as Alice House, Bryony House, the Marguerite Centre, the Adsum Centre, Phoenix Youth Programs and Community Action on Homelessness. Other local companies also support Holly House with donations of everything from furniture to linens.

The Rodeo Lounge has a number of big events coming up. Aaron Pritchett is schedule for March 19 and 20, both 9 p.m. shows. And the Irish Descendants are booked for March 26, one show only. Visit the Rodeos website, www.rodeolounge.com, for more information.

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Organizations: Holly House, Elizabeth Fry Society, Government of Canadas Homelessness Partnering Strategy Alice House Bryony House Marguerite Centre Adsum Centre Community Action on Homelessness

Geographic location: Halifax-Dartmouth

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