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Community readies to Raise the Curtain for Pat and Maia Wednesday at Capitol Theatre

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 27th, 2013

Almost two months after being involved in a horrific car accident, the road continues to be long for Nelson residents Pat Henman and daughter Maia Vezina.

Along with the pain and suffering from the June 9 accident in the East Kootenay, bills continue to flow in for the family.

Which is why the community, which has never failed anyone in distress, is  rallying to raise funds for the family at the Raising the Curtain for Pat & Maia live show and auction at the Capitol Theatre Wednesday (July 31).

The line-up for the live show is a regular Who’s Who of the finest actors and singers Nelson has donating time and talents for the cause.

Equally as impressive, is the sheer volume and quality of the silent auction items that have been donated by the community.  

“It has been incredible,” according to auction organizer Shannon Lythgoe. 

“Ever since we announced that we were looking for donations the response has been amazing. Artists, local businesses, restaurants, and so many more have stepped up. Literally every day we get a few more; many unsolicited. People just hear through the grapevine what we are doing and contact us.”

There are close to 70 silent auction items with more coming in daily.

Janet McCulloch, stage manager for the evening is excited about how technology will play a big role in the evening. 

“We have been working with Pat’s co-workers at Selkirk College and are planning to live-stream the event to Pat and Maia in the hospital,” McCulloch explains.

“We are so thrilled that they will be able to watch. There will also be a videographer on hand who will be taping personal messages and recording the show.”

Henman, a Development and Alumni Coordinator at Selkirk College, had just completed directing the outstanding local production of Cabaret while Vezin was set to start another year of school in Calgary.

Although both Henman and Vezina have been progressing well, the pair still require months of rehabilitation which is a big financial impact on the family. 

Tickets are $30 and $50 and are available at the Capitol Theater duringbox office hours (Noon – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday- Friday) or call 250-352-6363.  Tickets can also be purchased online at:

More information about Raising the Curtain for Pat and Maia can be found at:

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