MASSENA - What do you get when you combine an organist and a guitar player with dozens of zombies and a singer?
No, the answer isnt 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.
Were very pleased at the progress weve 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 weve taken and everything weve 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 clubs first Zombie Run, which was a success, despite the weather.
Unfortunately the weather was cool and wet, but the weather couldnt 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 didnt 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.
Its 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 nights concert at Emmanuel Congreational Church was very different from the audience at Saturdays Zombie Walk, although Mr. Currier did say, There were some people at both.