Some might say that Heidi Brunk’s love of music will long be her legacy. She spent the majority of her adult life entertaining audiences. And while her love of music was undeniable, it was her desire to share this love with children that left a lasting impression to all that knew her.
Almost one year to the day of her sudden passing, her husband Jim hosted the Sierra View Music Fest at the couple’s 47-acre ranch. Proceeds from the event were to benefit the Heidi Brunk Scholarship Fund.
“It was wonderful,” Brunk said of the outdoor all day event. “We’ve already got our dates for next year.”
Prior to the event Brunk had shared his hopes and dreams of the event becoming an annual one. Noting the need for more scholarship opportunities for music students in the Central Valley, Brunk believed the event would help contribute to filling the void.
According to Brunk the all day event netted $15,000, with donations still coming in.
“For a first time event, we feel it was very, very successful,” he said. “It was well organized, everything was good. When you look at the photos you know it was successful.”
There were a number of moments recounted by Brunk as he spoke of the day he and his crew worked so hard to put together. But it was sitting on the hillside where the event first came to life one year ago that Brunk really took it all in.
“When I was laying on the hillside, I was looking out … listening to the bands play,” he said, “and I was thinking ‘man, this was exactly what I imagined’.”
What he may not have imagined was the phone call he would receive from Dardanelle Lodge and Resort and the idea they would propose.
Late last week the resort contacted Brunk informing him that they, too, intended on hosting a benefit for the Heidi Brunk Scholarship Fund. With Heidi’s former band Remedy scheduled to play at the resort both Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 for the Labor Day holiday, the pairing seemed natural.
“It’s a fantastic idea,” Brunk said of the news. “It will benefit the scholarship and it will benefit the kids. It’s all for the kids.”
For additional information on the Resort’s Labor Day celebration visit dardanelleresort.net or call 209-965-4275.
“It’s a nice getaway,” Brunk added of the Labor Day festivities and the family appeal. “It works really well.”