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  • Benefit concert supports victims of March shooting

  • A benefit to showcase area bands and raise money to benefit victims associated with the March valley shootings took place at the Silverado Inn on Sunday.

    From noon to 9 p.m. eight bands performed, including The Bomb, The Nancy Kenyon Band, Item 6, Honey Bush, Tongue and Groove and Lickety Split.

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  • A benefit to showcase area bands and raise money to benefit victims associated with the March valley shootings took place at the Silverado Inn on Sunday.
    From noon to 9 p.m. eight bands performed, including The Bomb, The Nancy Kenyon Band, Item 6, Honey Bush, Tongue and Groove and Lickety Split.
    In addition to watching the bands, locals and supporters also took part in 50-50 raffles with numerous prizes, including items from Harley Davidson of Utica, and were able to try their hand at the polar dunk tank that was on site.
    Unleashed Talent and Event Productions co-owners Eric and Rachel Hall were responsible for putting on the benefit. “As soon as the tragedy occurred we wanted to help and as an event production organizers we understand the music scene, so we thought the best way to help would be to put together a benefit that involved music as way to help the community come together,” Eric Hall said.
    “I grew up in Utica and with the tragedy being so close to home it feels nice to help the community stay together and show support not only for monetary purposes, but for emotional support as well,” he added.
    Once Hall decided to put the benefit together he contacted the United Way of the Mohawk Valley and Greater Utica Area.
    “All of the funds raised from the event will go directly to the Valley Support Fund specifically created by the United Way to assist family members of victims and those effected by the shootings in Mohawk and Herkimer,” said Brenda Episcopo, executive director of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.
    “Through the Valley Support Fund the proceeds raised will be allocated back to the community with the help of community leaders who will decide how to distribute the funds to families and those effected by the tragedy,” she added.
    Vicious Circle Tattoos, of Mohawk, was on site to support the cause.
    “We’re here to support those effected by the tragedy and we wanted to help out any way we could,” said Rob Mosley, co-owner. “For every tattoo or piercing we do, 50 percent automatically goes to the benefit fund.”
    Mosley added the tattoo shop would make a group donation to the benefit.
    Silverado Inn owner Rob Phillips was kind enough to allow the benefit to take place in his establishment free of charge. “I’ve always tried to help the community and it makes you feel good that you are doing something that will help others,” he said.
    “It feels great to support such a good cause,” said Rob Broadbent, guitarist for Lickety Split. “It’s sad that anything could happen like this, but the community is coming together and I hope it all turns out well for all involved.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Linda West, of Little Falls, said when she heard about the benefit she wanted to go to support the cause. “I’ve lived in the area all my life and it’s amazing to see people from all ages go through such a tragic event and not be able to do anything about it but to pray. Praying is the only way we can help when we do not have the power to do anything else, but now we can do something to help others and the benefit is a great way to show support and help the community come together,” she said.

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