North Creek’s Wayne Stock wins national Johnsonville award

North Country Hardship Fund gets $10,000 top prize

Willie Playmore performs at Wayne Stock V Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek.

Willie Playmore performs at Wayne Stock V Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek. McKenna Kelly

— The North Country Hardship Fund is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was born from the Wayne Stock benefit 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 tragedies, such as a fire or a major illness. The small grants are designed to help people until bigger help arrives.

The North Country Hardship Fund raises money through donations and benefits, such as Wayne Stock, and serves five counties: Warren, Essex, Hamilton, Washington and Saratoga.

The North Country Hardship Fund has given out $64,000 to families in need since 2010. Wayne Stock alone brought in about $32,000 just last year, and this will be the event’s sixth year.

Wayne Stock VI will be held noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek, featuring many local bands. It will be held rain or shine, and admission is free. Funds are raised a number of ways, incuding an auction and raffle for a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Bands will include Vinnie Leddick, Flipside, Margo Macero, Freedom Hawk, Dr. Soos, Road Dawgz, the Mulch Brothers and the Lemon Grass Band.

This year’s Wayne Stock theme is “Believe.”

“I started the NCHF because I BELIEVED in giving back,” Wayne said in the promotional material. “I BELIEVED in creating an organization whose sole mission was to help victims of tragedy. Five years later, I am proud to say that our organization has helped many individuals and families suffering from a tragic event.”

For more information, contact the Bukovinskys at 251-4122. Also visit the North Country Hardship fund online via their website, www.northcountryhardshipfund.org, or on their Facebook group.

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