Weekly Feature

2017-06-15 / Local News

Plymouth Crossroads’ fifth Bluesfest aims to raise $12K for homeless youth

by ALAN RIZZO
Reporter

The Plymouth Crossroads’ Bluesfest will be back for a fifth year this weekend, aiming to raise funds to help fight youth homelessness in Western New York and break the cycle of generational poverty.

This year’s festivities will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Chicken Coop Grove, also known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113, at 299 Leydecker Road in West Seneca.

The event will include five accomplished local blues acts, which will take the stage beginning at 3 p.m. and play until closing.

Bands performing include Randle and the Late Night Scandals, Blues Daddios, The Rod Horning Project, Jony James Band, and Hayden Fogle.

Local radio personality Anita West, representing 97 Rock, will serve as emcee.

This year’s Bluesfest will also include a basket raffle with prizes such as tickets to Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performances and a gift certificate to the Buffalo Chophouse.

In terms of food, visitors will be able to purchase items including beef on weck, nachos and chips, as well as wings from Buffalo Wild Wings.

Beverages for sale will include beer, wine and pop.

According to Clair Schroeder, development and outreach coordinator, Plymouth Crossroads hopes to raise $12,000 during the Bluesfest, one of three large fundraisers the organization holds annually.

She said 100 percent of proceeds will go to the abused, runaway and homeless young men living at the Plymouth Crossroads facility in Lancaster.

Specifically, Schroeder said proceeds will go toward funding “independence coaches,” counselors who watch over residents around the clock and also help them write resumes and get to school and doctor’s appointments.

She said that assistance is aimed at helping “heal and rebuild our communities” through an age group where homelessness is rising fastest.

“Our youth currently are the highest-rising segment of homeless within Western New York, so keeping that in mind, this is a more crucial year than it has been in years prior,” she said. “It’s fundraisers such as this that help us to empower our youth to break that cycle of poverty, which many of them have been born into.”

Blues Daddios harmonica, flute and saxophone player Dale Rugg, whose group performs at restaurants and bars throughout WNY, said he and his bandmates are happy to play for free to support that mission and to have some fun while they’re at it.

“Sometimes in your life, you’ve just got to go up there and do stuff for free and give back to the planet,” said Rugg, whose band will play a mixture of danceable tunes by legends such as The Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King for fans on their own dime. “Sometimes it’s nice to do something for somebody else, and that’s the reward.”

Tickets for this year’s Bluesfest are $10 presale and $15 at the door.

To order or to learn more about the Bluesfest, visit http://www.plymouthcrossroads.org/crossroadsbluesfest.html.

To make a tax-deductible donation, visit http://www.plymouthcrossroads.org/make-a-donation.html or send a check made payable to Plymouth Crossroads to 5522 Broadway, Lancaster, NY 14086.

Plymouth Crossroads’ Bluesfest will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Chicken Coop, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road.

email: arizzo@beenews.com

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