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February 20, 2014

Musical notes stem hunger

Local musicians band together to raise money for area food pantries

SARANAC LAKE — Tri-Lakes musicians join forces once again to feed the hungry with performances at the 4th Annual Musicians Unite for Local Food Pantries Benefit Concert.

The event is set for noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Adirondack Carousel, on the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Square in Saranac Lake.

Adirondack Bagpiper Cameron Anderson builds the first wall of sound followed by a rare acoustic performance of Chaz DePaolo. Michael Martin covers Johnny Cash and is followed by Rustic Riders, Klaus and Lisa Meissner. Next up is Adirondack folk singer Roy Hurd before Anderson returns with more haunting music from Scotland.


Last year, Musicians Unite raised more than $4,000 and a truckload of food for area food pantries in Saranac Lake, Brighton and Vermontville.

“They are all hurting for money,” said Keith Gorgas, co-organizer with Dawn Reuter of the event.

“The funding is constantly being cut back. In the winter time, a lot more people avail themselves of the food pantry than in the summer. So, there are in pretty strong need.”

Though donations of nonperishable foodstuffs are welcome, money goes a lot further than food donations.

 “A $1 cash donation buys $12 worth of food from the Regional Food Bank.”


The family oriented event offers food, beverages and baked goods for sale.

“Every penny that comes in goes directly in the hands of the food pantry,” Gorgas said. “We’re not a middleman. We don’t take a penny. We have a big donation bucket.”

He would be happy to raise a repeat of last year.

“It’s whatever people are willing to contribute. We have a lot of door prizes. We sell raffle tickets, CDs. Local stores give gift certificates and items to raffle off. All that money goes directly in the can.”

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