The fundraiser held on 11/11 for Don & Terry O 'Brien was a smashing success. Many people need to be thanked for their contributions of food, gift certificates, and generosity in making this event a reality.
The Troy Boat Club was just wonderful in offering us the use of their facilty. It's always a pleasure to work with Bill Bowles, who has a heart as big as the 112th St. Bridge. Val Fiaco of the Beverage Barn is another generous guy. The B-Mart donated quite a bit of beer and a gift certificate for the raffle. Jimmy Farley,of Jimmy's Pizza, as always, gave us a gift certificate. Jimmy is always there when needed. Many thanks goes out to Troy's Director of Parks & Recreation, George Rogers, for the donation of a round of golf/with cart at Frear Park golf course. Lighthouse Liquor , donated a gift basket, and the ladies at 'This is Whair it's At' gave a basket of hair care products, as well as a certificate for a wash/cut/blow dry at their long standing business on 5th Ave. Eastside Collars gave a custom dog collar, With Mick Cahrenger donating a marble nameplate/ with free engraving. Francesca Tutunjian gave us a $20 gift certificate for her fine eatery, Francesca's. Vic & Heather Christopher donated a $50 gift certificate for their new venture, Lucus Confectionary & Wine Bar on 2nd St. downtown. The Troy Elks gave a $25 gift certificate, and Mary McDermott donated a Phillips Sonicare Toothbrush set. Ed McAvoy gave a $350 gift certificate for exterior pressure washing, and Gary Reynolds donated a wine gift basket. Kyle Harbinger, of Brunswick Computer Services rounded things out with a donation of five, $50 gift certificates for computer repair.
Special thanks goes out to our performers who donated their time, including Brian Kane, Paul Stokowitz & Harmonic Duo, and Maurizio Russamano. Rocco Mazzarello of Adirondack Sound Sysytems also deserves thanks for giving up his entire Sunday afternoon to be with us. My partners in putting this together, Bill & Penny Bashford did a great job, and gave up quite a bit of their time for the organization of this event, and deserve much credit.
The community came out strong to support our neighbors, Don & Terry --even though it was a football Sunday. Lansingburgh has always been a very tight nit community. On November 11th, they stayed true to the course in their support of their neighbors, the O'Briens.Thank you to all!