Country singer Aaron Pritchett, formerly of Langley, played at a packed venue in Cloverdale on Saturday for the Gone Country – Here for the Cure cancer fundraiser. The fourth annual event, organized by brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski of Twins Cancer Fundraising, raised $344,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Country singer Aaron Pritchett, formerly of Langley, played at a packed venue in Cloverdale on Saturday for the Gone Country – Here for the Cure cancer fundraiser. The fourth annual event, organized by brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski of Twins Cancer Fundraising, raised $344,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

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Gone Country – Here for the Cure raised $344,000 for Canuck Place Children's Hospice on Saturday.

Thanks to the hundreds of country fans that packed the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale on Saturday, a total of $344,000 was raised in the fourth annual Gone Country – Here for the Cure cancer fundraiser.

This year the country music event, organized by brothers Chris and Jamie Ruscheinski of Twins Cancer Fundraising, benefits Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

There were several Langley musicians performing, including Aaron Pritchett (formerly of Langley), who recently opened for Garth Brooks and has earned several Juno and Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nominations; Karen Lee Batten, who was a top 10 finalist on Canadian Idol and a three-time winner of the BC Country Music Association’s (BCCMA) Female Vocalist of the Year; and Robyn and Ryleigh, two Brookswood sisters who were recently signed to Royalty Records (Sony Music Canada).

Photos by Charlene GAULD/Special to the Times