Spring Run Off party to help families in need

— Those looking to have fun and help families in need can do both at the first-ever Spring Run Off Party Friday, May 4 at the Copperfield Inn.

Proceeds from the Spring Run Off Party — formerly known as the annual Mud Party — will help the North Country Hardship Fund, coordinated by Wayne and Tamara Bukovinsky, of North Creek.

“We’re hoping it’s a big success,” Tamara said.

The party will include music by the band Flipside, plus door prizes and raffles. People will be able to see the new 2012 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide that organizers are raffling off at Wayne Stock V this summer. A donation of $5 at the door is being suggested. Free cab rides will be provided by Brant Lake Taxi. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.

The North Country Hardship Fund is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was born from a benefit called Wayne Stock held in 2008 to raise funds for Wayne Bukovinsky, who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Wayne is slowly recovering thanks to all the people who donated to his cause.

As a way of giving back to the community, Wayne started the North Country Hardship Fund to raise money for others who have suffered a recent tragedy, such as a fire or a major illness. The small grants are designed to help people until bigger help arrives.

“We want to be able to help everyone,” Tamara said. “It’s a little helping hand.”

The North Country Hardship Fund raises money through donations and benefits, such as the Spring Run Off Party and Wayne Stock, and serves five counties: Warren, Essex, Hamilton, Washington and Saratoga. About $30,000 has been raised since 2008.

Wayne Stock V will be held from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the North Creek Ski Bowl Park. It will feature bands, live auctions and a silent auction all day.

For more information, email Wayne at drainos20@hotmail.com or visit online at www.northcountryhardshipfund.org.

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