Cancer benefit turns into community fundraiser

STONY CREEK - Last June a fundraiser took place at the Stony Creek Inn for owner Dot Bartell and husband John Fickel to help defray medical expenses from their battles with cancer. The event was a success, with outpourings of generosity in donations and volunteerism from the whole community, allowing for Dot and John to ease their journey to wellness, friends said.

In keeping with the spirit of that event, an annual fundraiser is planned to mark the anniversary. This year the event will take place on Saturday June 13, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a long lineup of regional bands performing.

Proceeds from the event will equally benefit Cindy's Retreat and the SAM Fund. Cindy's Retreat is held twice annually at Silver Bay, on northern Lake George. The retreat enables women living with the stress of cancer to improve the quality of their lives. The SAM Fund provides emergency funds to Southern Adirondack Musicians and their families facing hardships due to illness and accidents.

There will be music, food, silent auction, and raffles at this fundraiser, set again at the Stony Creek Inn. A tentative lineup of performers includes Adrenaline Hayride, The Blue Billies, the Stony Creek Band, Johnny & the Triumphs, Kevin Maul, Tim Wechgelaer, and Nelson Rock. Those who can't attend, checks can be made out to Cindy's Retreat or The SAM Fund and may be mailed to Stony Creek Inn, PO Box 184, Stony Creek, NY, 12878. For details, call the Stony Creek Inn at 696-2394.

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