The owners of Crazy Otto’s Diner will throw a block party on Aug. 24 to help lift the spirits of the valley.
“We just decided to do this for the community, with the tragedy of the shootings, and with the flooding, where people were just devastated,” said Scott Tranter, during a telephone interview. “We are a community, one people, and we want to be there for each other and celebrate our area a little bit. We want them to have a good experience.”
Tranter, who owns the diner with his wife, Kim, explained the event will also raise money for the Salvation Army who aided many residents during the flooding.
He said they have a partnership with the Syracuse Food Bank, which will donate $10 for every $1 raised during the event.
“So if we raise our goal of $500, they’ll donate $5,000 to the Salvation Army,” he said.
Tranter also said it will be a family friendly event. It will include a bounce house, face painting, children’s games, food such as cotton candy and Slush Puppies and approximately 15 vendors. 4Pet’s Sake Food Pantry will also be there, accepting donations.
“It will be a carnival-type atmosphere,” said Tranter.
There will also be a performance by bands Northern Lights and Tongue and Groove, starting at 8 p.m. Comedian Dana King will perform as well.
Tranter said all of Albany Street will be blocked off, from North Main to North Prospect streets.
He added Crazy Otto’s will be open for 24 hours that day.