She is organizing the benefit along with Sue and Rick Welch, Nick and Nicci Molinski, Randy Vaughn, Andrea MacDonald and Tony Bulriss.
“It was a big collaboration,” Sue Welch said.
Plans for the benefit started just days after the fire, she said.
“As soon as I found out about it, I wanted to do something. And there were a couple other people that also had the same idea.”
She has known Marc since the 1970s, when he played in local band the Triads.
“The Saxony used to be my weekend home,” she said.
Susie said the benefit was meant to be a surprise for her father. But he saw a poster advertising the event a few weeks ago.
He’s still not privy to all the details, though, Sue Welch said.
“I’ve been kept out of the loop,” Marc said.
Those who attend the benefit will be treated to live music in the Gold Room of the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona.
The space was donated for the event by Peck and Jane Sample, Susie said.
Among the items that will be raffled off are a motorcycle “spa” detailing valued at $250 from Casey Spiegel, a Naked Turtle gift certificate, a flat-screen television and swing from Kinney Drugs, a charcoal grill with grilling accessories, a gift basket from Champlain Telephone Co., a framed picture of Fort Montgomery and some paintings by a Rouses Point artist.
Saxony hotel T-shirts and hats will be for sale, as well as CDs of Marc’s old group, the Saxony Stage Band.
“Those (CDs) were all lost in the fire. I luckily had a copy,” Susie said.
Area businesses have been generous, Sue said.
“Nobody has refused us because Marc’s very well known around here.”
As far as the day of the benefit goes, she said, “I hope we pack the place.”