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Benefit planned to help restore Adirondack Hotel following flood damage

A benefit to help cover costs from flood damage at the Adirondack Hotel is planned Sept. 24, with food, music and a silent auction.

A benefit to help cover costs from flood damage at the Adirondack Hotel is planned Sept. 24, with food, music and a silent auction. Photo by John Grybos.

— The Adirondack Hotel suffered $130,000 in damages and lost business days after flooding this year, and the community has stepped up to organize a benefit night to aid the local landmark Sept. 24.

“At first I was a little embarrassed,” when employees and locals came to her with the idea, said owner Carol Inserra. She has owned the building since 1990, when it was in a state of disrepair. She said the hotel's an integral part of the community, hiring 35 people in summer and making a first impression impact for visitors coming in from the direction of Tupper Lake.

The hotel lost two boilers in the basement, and the floodwaters had to be pumped out at a rate of 100 gallons a minute at the worst. There was damage to the veranda and kitchen floors because of the pumping, said Inserra. The damage isn't covered by insurance, because the water didn't rise to the first floor.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., with tickets priced at $30 for individuals and $50 couples. Tickets are available at The Adirondack Hotel, Natural Beauty, Shear Images and Helm's Village Store in Long Lake and The Bear Trap in Indian Lake. There will also be t-shirts and a silent auction, with music and food all day.

Inserra said the support was unexpected and generous. Though it's a lot of work for the fundraiser, the supporters are passionate.

“It's overwhelming, really,” Inserra said, adding she's eternally grateful to the organizers and anyone who comes out for the event. 

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