Concert to benefit Wounded Warriors fund

Shows to take place Memorial Day weekend

Diana Foley talks about the Memorial Day weekend concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Diana Foley talks about the Memorial Day weekend concert to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Photo by Alan Belford.

— On Thursday, March 15, a press conference was held at the entrance to the 1932 Rink in Lake Placid to announce a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The concert will be held on Saturday, May 26, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

“Mainly we are just trying to enlist the public’s awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project,” said event organizer Diana Foley. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that honors and provides aid and services for wounded service members.

“The worst thing that can happen to these folks is to be forgotten,” said Foley’s husband Bill, lead singer for the Three Amigos and Friends, one of the bands playing in the benefit concert. “You think times are tough for us right now, imagine being them and coming back injured.”

All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Everything is pro gratis — tickets, posters, everything is donated,” Diana said. “We have 2,000 tickets for sale, and we are also selling ad space. We plan to have our sponsorship book filled by the beginning of May so that we can go into printing.”

Tickets are $10 each and are available at a variety of locations in the region, including the Olympic Center in Lake Placid and the Nice and Easy convenience stores in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

The concert will be held indoors at the 1932 Rink and the concert will feature seven bands.

In addition to the Three Amigos Band and Friends, four other Adirondack bands — Spring Street, Le Grove, Heidi Little and the Lavish, and Larry Stone and the Stone Ground Express — will play. And two of the area bands — Deaf, Dumb, and Blind, and Joyous Noise — will take part. The concert will start at 11 a.m. and continue all day into the evening.

“We’ve done other benefits before,” Diana said, “and once this started snowballing, other bands which we play with wanted in.” The bands are volunteering their time for the benefit.

“We play because we love music,” Bill said.

See www.musiciansuniteusa.com for more details.

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