OMA member Vale hits the right note with its sponsorship of musical events in Sudbury

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Ontario Mining Association member Vale is sponsoring a series of five concerts during the summer at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury. Admission is free to all segments of the Vale Concert Series, which will showcase a variety of top-notch Canadian musical talent, and donations to the Sudbury Food Bank will be appreciated.
“This is the first event of its kind for Vale and we are thrilled to be bringing such wonderful Canadian talent to Sudbury for our community to enjoy, while supporting such a worthy cause,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President Mining and Milling (North Atlantic) and General Manager of Vale’s Ontario Operations. “We sincerely hope that members of the community come out to enjoy this concert series and this incredible talent.”
All shows begin at 7 p.m. The Vale Concert Series kicks off May 9 with Dave Gunning. He is a singer-song writer who has two Canada Folk Music Awards and six East Coast Music Awards to his credit. On June 20, the Juno nominated group Hemingway Corner take to the stage. 
This is followed on July 18 by the Marigolds, Juno Award nominees in the folk category and frequent performers at festivals. On August 15, six-time Canadian country music guitar player of the year Wendell Ferguson performs along with Katherine Wheatley.
The Vale Concert Series wraps up with 11-time Juno winner Murray McLauchlan and Cindy Church on September 12. The Juno Awards, which were first presented in 1970, are run by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to acknowledge excellence in music.
“This unique idea will help feed the hungry during the summer months when our shelves are often empty,” said Geoffrey Lougheed, Chair of the Sudbury Food Bank. “This is a wonderful partnership of a caring and talented artistic community joining one of the food bank’s longest and strongest partners, Vale.”
“I want to thank Vale for their continued support of our community,” said Sudbuy Mayor Marianne Matichuk. “Reaching out at the local level is what good corporate citizenship is all about.” Last year, Vale made $500,000 donation to the Sudbury Food bank capital Campaign. The company and its employees have been supporting the local food bank for 24 years.
Mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. They volunteer and add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.  

April 13, 2012
The Ontario Mining Association has scheduled a Toronto harbour cruise for Monday, June 4, 2012.
Also, the OMA will hold a board of directors meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 and the So You Think You Know Mining high school video awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum in the evening of June 5, 2012.

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