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Young country singer Tenille and her musical friends raised $225,000 at her annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraising concert in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Valentine's Day.

Tenille was joined on the Entrec Centre stage by George Canyon, Patricia Conroy, High Valley, Beverley Mahood, Adam Gregory, Jimmy Rankin and Beamer Wigley to boost 

Big Hearts For Big Kids’ total amount raised over six years to almost $775,000.
 
All of the money goes directly to Sunrise House, a Grande Prairie-based emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of northern Alberta. Canadian Tire was the primary sponsor of this year’s event, while other sponsors included Brogan Safety Supplies, CTV, The Keg and Tim Hortons. 
 
"I'm completely blown away and feeling so overwhelmed by this community's ability to directly impact the lives of youth here at home who turn to the Sunrise House," Tenille said in a statement. 

"Every single volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, auction bidder and audience member are a huge reason why we continue to keep the shelter doors open. Their generosity is incredible and has shown me the power of people coming together through music. Big Hearts For Big Kids has changed my life."

Tenille (who doesn’t use her last name of Nadkrynechny professionally) is an ambassador for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, which provides a camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes. She visits Tim Hortons camps in Parry Sound, Ont., Kananaskis, Alta. and Campbellsville, Ky. to play live sessions with the campers, participate in daily activities and volunteer with music programs. 

The singer appeared at 106 schools and performed for more than 35,000 students over 32 weeks in 2013 on her cross-Canada “Play It Forward” tour that incorporated music and motivational speaking to promote positive leadership efforts for youth. She recognized 309 students for their leadership initiatives and grade eight student Lauren Seabrook from Yellowknife received $5,000 to donate to charities of her choice and another $5,000 to be put towards programs at her school to keep the “play it forward” spirit alive.

Tenille has visited Ronald McDonald Houses, where families can stay while their children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries, to brighten often gloomy situations. She supported Wounded Warriors Canada by participating in a 2012 event in Nipawin, Sask. The non-profit organization helps Canadian Armed Forces members who’ve been wounded or injured in service.

Tenille received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards for her charitable endeavours. 

Tenille’s most recent album, 2013’s Light, was released by Royalty Records and earned her Alberta Country Music Association Awards for Fans' Choice and Female Artist of The Year. She was the youngest woman ever to be nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards following the release of her 2011 debut album, Real. 

Tenille travelled to China last year to become the first Canadian to perform at the annual Chengdu Youth International Music Festival, which began in 2007 and has attracted musicians and cultural groups from the United States, Europe and Australia. 

"I believe music is really powerful in the way it brings people together,” Tenille told Samaritanmag in 2013. “It's an awesome platform for sharing messages and connecting and talking about things that are relatable to people everywhere. 

“Music shows people that they are never alone, but that we are all going through similar emotions and experiences. I love that about music." 

Young country singer Tenille and her musical friends raised $225,000 at her annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraising concert in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Valentine's Day.

Tenille was joined on the Entrec Centre stage by George Canyon, Patricia Conroy, High Valley, Beverley Mahood, Adam Gregory, Jimmy Rankin and Beamer Wigley to boost 

Big Hearts For Big Kids’ total amount raised over six years to almost $775,000.
 
All of the money goes directly to Sunrise House, a Grande Prairie-based emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of northern Alberta. Canadian Tire was the primary sponsor of this year’s event, while other sponsors included Brogan Safety Supplies, CTV, The Keg and Tim Hortons. 
 
"I'm completely blown away and feeling so overwhelmed by this community's ability to directly impact the lives of youth here at home who turn to the Sunrise House," Tenille said in a statement. 

"Every single volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, auction bidder and audience member are a huge reason why we continue to keep the shelter doors open. Their generosity is incredible and has shown me the power of people coming together through music. Big Hearts For Big Kids has changed my life."

Tenille (who doesn’t use her last name of Nadkrynechny professionally) is an ambassador for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation, which provides a camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes. She visits Tim Hortons camps in Parry Sound, Ont., Kananaskis, Alta. and Campbellsville, Ky. to play live sessions with the campers, participate in daily activities and volunteer with music programs. 

The singer appeared at 106 schools and performed for more than 35,000 students over 32 weeks in 2013 on her cross-Canada “Play It Forward” tour that incorporated music and motivational speaking to promote positive leadership efforts for youth. She recognized 309 students for their leadership initiatives and grade eight student Lauren Seabrook from Yellowknife received $5,000 to donate to charities of her choice and another $5,000 to be put towards programs at her school to keep the “play it forward” spirit alive.

Tenille has visited Ronald McDonald Houses, where families can stay while their children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries, to brighten often gloomy situations. She supported Wounded Warriors Canada by participating in a 2012 event in Nipawin, Sask. The non-profit organization helps Canadian Armed Forces members who’ve been wounded or injured in service.

Tenille received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards for her charitable endeavours. 

Tenille’s most recent album, 2013’s Light, was released by Royalty Records and earned her Alberta Country Music Association Awards for Fans' Choice and Female Artist of The Year. She was the youngest woman ever to be nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards following the release of her 2011 debut album, Real. 

Tenille travelled to China last year to become the first Canadian to perform at the annual Chengdu Youth International Music Festival, which began in 2007 and has attracted musicians and cultural groups from the United States, Europe and Australia. 

"I believe music is really powerful in the way it brings people together,” Tenille told Samaritanmag in 2013. “It's an awesome platform for sharing messages and connecting and talking about things that are relatable to people everywhere. 

“Music shows people that they are never alone, but that we are all going through similar emotions and experiences. I love that about music." 

Samaritanmag.com is an online magazine covering the good deeds of individuals, charities and businesses.