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Massena Music Friends hosting Cabaret fundraiser

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MASSENA - Music to eat dessert by.

That’s what the Massena Music Friends will be offering Friday night as a way to raise more money for the Massena Central School District’s music program.

Their fundraising dessert “Cabaret” runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Italian American Club, Massena, and features a variety of music performers and sumptuous desserts. The cost is $10 at the door.

“It’s our first-ever attempt at this. We’re just now getting into bigger fundraisers. We’re trying to build for the future and what better way than to provide a nice event in the community,” Massena Music Friends member Patricia R. Tubbs said.

MMF member Loretta B. Perez said high school Band Director Jonathan L. Hunkins had a friend who was a music teacher, who did an annual Cabaret fundraiser. Although the friend’s fundraiser was a dinner, the Massena Music Friends decided to try the same thing, but on a smaller scale by offering desserts.

“We just thought it would be a fun evening. It’s something different. If it’s successful, we can look at expanding it to maybe dinner,” Ms. Perez said.

“The community has been very supportive of what we’ve been doing. Now we want to give back,” Ms. Tubbs said.

District music staff, alumni performers, community members and a number of studenta who participated in the “Rocktober” concert will be performing a variety of popular, jazz and “soft rock” selections while visitors enjoy a large variety of desserts. Coffee, tea and soda will also be available.

“We have great musicians in the community,” MMF member Jamie Barnum said.

She noted that students would also be serving the desserts during the event.

“The students will be wearing a white top and black pants, and they’re going to be servers. Loretta is giving them a tutorial,” Ms. Barnum said.

There will also be door prizes, including four Cape Air tickets and two wreaths made by Lorna Burley.

“She’s taken a music theme and done them with a holiday flair,” Ms. Tubbs said.

The evening will serve a dual role, she said - allow the musicians to showcase their talents and raise money for the MMF at the same time at a venue that’s accommodating for both purposes.

“It’s a chance to showcase the arts. It’s a Friday night after a full week of school, and the desserts will be fabulous. I’m glad the Italian American Club is holding it,” Ms. Tubbs said.

“This is a nice venue,” Ms. Perez said. “It’s something different, and it’s not overly priced. We’ll have fabulous desserts that aren’t things bought at the store. It’s not interfering with the dinner hour. I think people are going to want to come and stay for the different acts.”

“I think people are hungry for desserts,” Ms. Tubbs said.

“And music,” Ms. Barnum added.

MMF President Paul A. Haggett said the event is an opportunity for people to enjoy a mix of listenable music, tasty confections and good conversation, all while supporting Massena Music Friends’ fundraising efforts on behalf of the district’s music program.

“We’ll try it and see if it works,” Ms. Tubbs said, noting they hope to draw at least 100 people to event, which would mean $1,000 in revenue. “I think 100 seems do-doable.”

There will be no advance ticket sales, but anyone who wants to reserve a table for eight people can contact Mr. Haggett at 250-1625.

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