MASSENA - Music, food and raffles will be used to help the Delmar Tavern raise money this Sunday for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
This will be the sixth year the Delmar has hosted the Hospice fundraiser, according to organizer Bonnie Lucia.
One of our patrons moms (Joanne Parent) passed away and Hospice was a big help to her. We decided instead of doing a donation basket, we would do a benefit in her memory, Ms. Lucia said.
The slate of activities, which begins at 2 p.m. and wraps up at 8 p.m., includes raffles, silent auctions, 50-50 drawings, food and live music, with all proceeds going directly to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
The fundraiser is always held during the long Columbus Day weekend, Ms. Lucia said.
One of the reasons I did it on Sunday instead of Saturday is because its always easier to get bands. We do it on Columbus Day weekend because Monday is a holiday, she said.
The bands that are lined up to perform are Max Ryder, the host band, which will play at 2 p.m.; Ten Cent Green at 3 p.m.; Sweet Revenge at 4 p.m.; Playback at 5 p.m. and JR Murray and Friends at 6 p.m.
Local bands donate their time, Ms. Lucia said. A lot of times theres so many musicians that want to donate their time that we cant fit in all of the bands and they do a jam session when all the musicians get together.
She said the day would wrap up with the final drawing, which is usually held between 8 and 9 p.m.
Usually someone from Hospice comes down for a while. Its usually a pretty good day. A lot of the time it depends on the weather, she said.
The event raised about $3,000 last year, according to Ms. Lucia.
Generally speaking, we usually raise about $2,000, she said.
The fundraiser is something she plans to do for the foreseeable future.
I would love to keep doing it year after year, as long as people keep coming, she said.