STEPHENVILLE Dr. Greg Mercer believes in giving back to the community and will be doing that this Sunday night by performing in a Variety Show to benefit the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation.
As a physician, he works out of clinics on the Port au Port Peninsula in Lourdes and Cape St. George, but also has feelings for supporting the area hospital because he has had minor surgeries there himself. Friends and relations who have been impacted by illnesses have also been treated at the hospital.
“It’s always good to give, especially when you’re having a good time doing it,” Mercer said.
The variety concert is features a large number of local performers and takes place at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre. In addition to Mercer, some other performers include: Jason Benoit, Polly and the Pirates, Les Glover, Paul and Maria Smith, Nelson and Sarah White, Donovan Conran, Joe Martin, Tyler Klassen, Chris Conran, Bill Rotchford and Steven Rose. Mercer formerly played in a band called Docs and Roses, of which Rose was a member, and on Sunday night they will be getting together as a duo and doing a few acoustic numbers.
That group formed in 2007; however, it’s been about a year since they’ve played together and Mercer is now looking forward to publicly playing again.
He said when they had their band they strictly played for fundraising gigs and never did it to be paid.
The fact that his uncle, Charlie Mercer, is coordinating this event is part of the reason that he decided to get involved. Charlie’s wife Roxanne is a member of the hospital foundation board.
Tickets are on sale at the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office, by calling 643-4553 or purchase online at www.artsandculturecentre.com or by dropping by on the night of the show.