Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Time Lord Festival benefits North Brandon YMCA

Whovians rejoice.

The Time Lord Fest once again celebrates all things from the popular television show Doctor Who on Sunday by drawing fans to the Event Factory in Town 'N Country. What began simply as a father-and-son duo has now turned into one of the largest Doctor Who festivals in the Southeast thanks to event creator Ken Spivey.

Spivey, a musician who formed a Time Lord rock band, a genre based on the show, expects to draw close to 800 fans to the festival. Nina Toussaint-White, who played a younger River Song as Mels in 2011, and Sophie Aldred, who was the Seventh Doctor's companion "Ace," will headline the event that celebrates sci-fi's longest running show.

But Spivey also wants to use the festival's popularity to give back to his community. So, some festival participants will make an appearance at 10 a.m. Saturday at the North Brandon YMCA.

"I was thinking I needed to give money to charity, and like everybody in the world, I want to look prettier, so I go to the gym," Spivey said. "I pulled up to the gym, and I said, 'There's a charity.'"

North Brandon YMCA executive director Darren Dannelly told Spivey about the charitable works the facility does with cancer survivors through the Livestrong program, the work it does with children with disabilities and its drowning prevention program.

"I thought they sounded perfect," Spivey said.

The North Brandon YMCA Livestrong Program is one of more than 400 locations participating in the 12-week fitness program targeted toward cancer patients and survivors. The multifaceted program serves as a nutritional, physical health and mental health education at a free or low cost.

Dannelly is especially proud of the three-layered work being done with children with disabilities in the area, which will be funded in part by the Time Lord Fest.

"Willis Peters Exceptional Center comes out to us weekly — and those are children that are visually impaired, and some of them are also hearing impaired, as well — and we teach them gymnastics when they come out during their school day," Danelly said. "It's very empowering for them to stand in front of a foam pit and jump and to grab the reins."

Also on the itinerary: the annual summer camp for the children as well as a gift-filled meeting with Santa for the Lopez Exceptional Center's children.

"This is our first fundraiser for these programs, so I'm pretty excited about it," Dannelly said.

In addition to the festival's contributions, the programs are funded through an annual giving campaign.

Spivey, who now works full time attending festivals, believes it is a perfect opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in while doing what he loves.

"I target directly to millennials," Spivey said. "They're a very giving generation, so it seemed apropos, and our fans seem to respond so well that we're giving back to the community while celebrating our favorite TV show."

Contact Kesley Sunderland at [email protected]

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