Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan
Patrick is a part-time reporter and 2nd year student at UNB pursuing an honours undergraduate degree in History, after which he plans to pursue either his Master’s degree, a law degree, or both! He is originally from Hampton, New Brunswick, a small town about twenty minutes outside of Saint John. With a high school English teacher as a mother, he developed an understanding and appreciation for writing at a young age, and has been loving it ever since! Mostly writing for the Arts & Lifestyle section, he is still fascinated by many other topics. Whether it’s writing about theatre or other performances, food, cultural exchange, dabbling in news, the latest interesting event, or even some new research, you might find him there with something to say about it! No matter the topic, he’s happy to be working with a great team and can’t wait to deliver quality journalism through a student publication. The 2018-2019 year is bound to be full of change and exciting stories, and he wants to help show the Brunswickan’s lovely readers just how much intrigue Fredericton has to offer!
October 31, 2018

“Rock for Donnie”: raising hell for a heavenly cause

Poster from the event “Rock for Donnie” benefit.

42-year-old father of three, Donnie Robichaud was one of two civilians killed in the Fredericton mass shooting that also claimed the lives of two police officers on Aug. 10, 2018. Robichaud played bass, sang in some local Fredericton bands, and was active in Fredericton’s biker community.

The “Rock for Donnie” benefit, held for Robichaud’s three children, is the second fundraiser that was held in his honour to financially support his children. The first fundraiser featured a 50/50 draw and silent auction followed by a three-kilometre biker memorial ride. The ride was widely attended by the biker community, and held on the same day as the regimental funerals for the two police officers killed in the shooting.

The “Rock for Donnie” benefit took place on Oct. 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the Tribute Bar & Lounge at Klub Khrome. The event included 12 local bands playing in Donnie’s honour, and at 3:00 PM the band Vinyl Tap gave their best on-stage performance for their lost friend.

Many sponsors contributed prizes to the event. Los Cabos drumsticks was one of the sponsors for “Rock for Donnie” benefit.

A young boy greeted those who attended by giving out bracelets, costing $10, for the benefit. This reinforced the notion that the fundraiser was not only to honour Robichaud’s passing, but to help provide care for his now fatherless children. As the benefit was open to children until 6:00 p.m., a few families with their children attended to show their support.

Individuals from all walks of life attended the benefit, including members of Fredericton’s biker community, beard and beard oil community, tattoo community, and the rock and metal scene. Many in attendance wore the benefit’s black and white “Rock for Donnie” t-shirts. While mingling in the crowd, you could hear those speaking who knew Robichaud well and others who did not, but still wished to show their support and listen to the music he cherished.

Between each band, men in biker jackets and “Rock for Donnie” t-shirts asked for $5 donations for the prize draws. Many sponsors contributed prizes to the event, including Los Cabos drumsticks, Yamaha Canada, D’Addario, Yorkville, Long & McQuade, Marshall Canada and Erikson Canada. The prizes consisted of an Epiphone Slash Les Paul guitar, a Yamaha electronic drum kit, and a Marshall Bluetooth speaker.

This event showed nothing but love and care from the community. While the event carried a somber undertone as many were mourning a close friend.

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