MASSENA - A community youth advocate is hosting a rock and skate event from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight in Potsdam to benefit disadvantaged youth in St. Lawrence County.
Tickets cost $3, and all proceeds will go toward the Dick Murphy Dalton/Duyette Memorial Youth Project, which helps cover costs for low-income children who want to get involved in recreational, musical or artistic activities.
Amy Murphy, the projects organizer, said the project has been running for nine years and helped get 400 youth involved in recreational programs, who might not have been able to otherwise.
When a child enters our program, we stick with them until their high school graduation, Ms. Murphy said. We believe if you can get kids involved in extracurricular activities, they will stay in school and stay out of trouble.
The project provides coupons for disadvantaged youth to provide them with free or discounted rentals of equipment required to be involved in a sport or music program. She believes the lack of other low-cost recreational programs in Potsdam makes this project a necessity for disadvantaged youth.
We dont have a Y (program) or Boys & Girls Club here, she said. Thats why we started this program: to kind of level the playing field.
The rock and skate will feature live music from a group of local musicians, in addition to snacks and skating. Its the first fundraiser of its kind the project has held.
Previously, Ms. Murphy relied on donations, but with the downturn of the economy, shes had to rely more heavily on donations in recent years. She is also organizing a murder-mystery dinner-date fundraiser.