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Tuesday January 29th, 2013

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Handout: Fools for Health

“Fools for Health”, an award winning charitable organization dedicated to using the arts to promote health and well-being in healthcare facilities, is being supported by a fundraising event at Phog Lounge this Friday.

On Friday, February 1st at 9pm wacky clowns — not medical doctors, but actually professional artists — will be on hand at the bar in Downtown Windsor to raise money in order to continue the valuable service of helping people feel well again while in hospital or senior facility care.

Fools for Health clowns are part of an international network of collaborative researchers on the effects of humour within healthcare settings. They work with patients/residents, their families, and the healthcare team to promote wellness and increase quality of life through the therapeutic use of music, improvisational play, reminiscence, and humour.

The fundraiser will be featuring local bands all proceeds will assist “Fools for Health” in providing its valuable Clown-Doctor and Familial-Clown services in area hospitals and seniors’ residences. It only costs $5!

Musicians performing include Myskow Family Musyk, a gospel/folk/blues-influenced group from Windsor that always has a great energy on stage, playing originals and select covers. Also playing is a music-scene newcomer, Erin Britton. And the fantastic duo known as The Maple Keys will round out the talent performing that evening. They formed recently in Windsor, Ontario, but have been playing together for over 4 years. Both members of the duo are privileged to come from a richly musical family, with roots in bluegrass, folk and ragtime. They bring tight harmonies, high energy, and dynamic musicality to the stage, and enjoy sharing their love of obscure and original music with the mainstream world.

For more information on what it is that Fools for Health does, visit their website at http://www.foolsforhealth.ca/.

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