Leading up to Sunday's concert, New Paltz Flood Aid for Farmers, Families, and First Responders has collected over $30,000 from our 10/2 kickoff event and in sponsorships, donations, and concert ticket sales. But we still have a long way to go. What we have collected so far is just drop in the bucket compared to what our affected farms and families have lost. Nearly 250 acres were completely lost by our local New Paltz farmers this season, and many more are still in jeopardy due to the ongoing rains. Many families living in close proximity to the Wallkill River lost all their possessions, including some that have lost their homes forever. We need to continue to collect funds for the most in need in our community in the wake of Hurricanes Irene and Lee.
Our next event is this Sunday October 16th, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm at Hasbrouck Park, an all day benefit concert. Gates open at 11:00. General admission tickets are $2o for adults, $15 for college students, senior citizens, and children age 12-18; with free admission for children under age 12. There are also $100 VIP tickets.
This big musical event will include both local bands and musicians from afar - plugged in and acoustic. Our lineup includes: Ratboy Jr., Mark Sager and the Black Horse Riders, the Trapps, Casey Erdman and Friends, the Greyhounds, Mr. Roper, Dzuibecko, Connor Kennedy Band, Hector Tajeda (a local farmer who lost all of his crops), the Bow Thayer Band, Patrick Carlin (George Carlin's Brother), Alexis P. Suter, and Flood Aid All Stars: Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Steven Bernstein (of Levon Helm’s Band), Randy Ciarlante (of The Band), Byron Isaacs (of Levon Helm’s Band & Ollabelle), Jim Wieder (of The Band & Levon Helm’s Band), Erik Lawrence, Vito Petrocitto, Jeremy Baum and much, much more. This event will be streamed live on the Internet via webcast.
For more information about New Paltz Flood Aid, or to find out how to make donations or buy 10/16 concert tickets, visit www.NewPaltzFloodAid.org. If you are a New Paltz family or farm in need, please call Judy Ness at 845-332-8432.