Mohawk Harbor benefit in Schenectady set for Schoharie limo tragedy victims

The benefit is scheduled for Oct. 28
Patrons of the Apple Barrel Cafe visit the Schoharie limo tragedy memorial at Route 30 and Route 30A
Patrons of the Apple Barrel Cafe visit the Schoharie limo tragedy memorial at Route 30 and Route 30A

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SCHENECTADY — Mohawk Harbor will host a benefit concert on Oct. 28 for the families of victims and first responders of the Oct. 6 limousine crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people.

The concert, called Healing Schoharie and organized by Union College volunteers and other local organizations, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature performances by local bands Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station, organizers announced Tuesday.

Tickets will cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or at Druthers Brewing at Mohawk Harbor has committed to donate all proceeds from its beer sales at the event and 50 percent of all customer checks served at the restaurant. 

Other food vendors will be on hand. Bands will also take special requests for donations, and a raffle will aim to raise more money. All proceeds from the door fees and raffles will go to the families of victims and first responders, while vendors will donate a percentage of their sales.

The families and friends of the victims of the crash, which remains under federal and local investigation, have mourned and buried their loved ones in a string of services in recent days. The crash, the deadliest transportation incident since 2009, killed the driver and 17 passengers, most from Amsterdam and the Capital Region, of an modified SUV limo. Two pedestrians were also killed.   

An earlier benefit event has been planned for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at The Pig N’ Whistle, at 392 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. That event is a paint and sip fundraiser to help the families of the victims, according to a prepared statement.

The event will include live music and a silent auction.

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