Downtown Schenectady businesses are making plans together for a State Street fundraiser later this month to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey and, potentially, Irma if that storm causes a major disaster in Florida as it has in the Caribbean.
The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, and will be modeled on the fundraiser held last September for Italian earthquake victims that raised $17,000.
"We had such a good response last year, and we wanted to do something with the predicament facing the southern part of the country, between Texas and what's possibly happening in Florida and the Virgin Islands," said Matt Mazzone, chief operating officer of Mazzone Hospitality.
The event will take place in the evening in the block around Proctors. Proctors, Mazzone, Mallozzi's, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and other businesses are expected to participate. An initial planning meeting was held Thursday, with many details still to be worked out.
"We're looking for a recipient town similar in size to our own," Mazzone said. "We want the money to go some place where is will be meaningful, and where it will make a difference."