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Zombies and music lead to successful weekend fo Massena Boys & Girls Club

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MASSENA - What do you get when you combine an organist and a guitar player with dozens of zombies and a singer?

No, the answer isn’t The Walking Dead on Broadway. The answer is actually a very successful weekend for the Massena Boys & Girls Club.

Board President Timmy J. Currier said that a total of how much money was raised this weekend is not yet available, as donations from both the community concert and zombie walk are still coming in.

The weekend started Friday evening with a concert featuring organist James Phillips, vocalist Kathleen Baker and blues guitarist Bill “Tracer” Tracy.

“It was a packed house,” Mr. Currier said. “There were two great musicians and a singer.”

While the evening also included a passing of the hat, ticket sales alone generated $3,750 that will be used to help open the club, hopefully sometime next year.

“We’re very pleased at the progress we’ve made so far,” Mr. Currier said. “Our goal is to be open next year.”

Mr. Currier said that everything the club has done so far has been very well thought out.

“Every step we’ve taken and everything we’ve done has gone on with very careful planning to make sure we are successful,” he said. “When we open this club, we will be open forever in this community. Our kids deserve it.”

Those driving by the John Story Trail Saturday may have thought the apocalypse had arrived, with dozens of zombies among the 63 participants in the club’s first Zombie Run, which was a success, despite the weather.

“Unfortunately the weather was cool and wet, but the weather couldn’t deter the many people who came out,” Mr. Currier said, explaining the run included both zombies and runners.

Runners were each given three health flags and tasked with trying to “stay alive” while tackling a 5K run on the high school campus.

“Given that this was our first time and the weather didn’t cooperate, we are very pleased,” Mr. Currier said.

Mr. Currier also noted that these two fundraisers helped to show the Massena community is united in support of the club.

“It’s nice to see the very broad support we are getting from people and groups in the community,” he said noting with a laugh that the audience at Friday night’s concert at Emmanuel Congreational Church was “very different” from the audience at Saturday’s Zombie Walk, although Mr. Currier did say, “There were some people at both.”

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