Celebrities have inspired people to try some pretty odd things, like ill-advised hair cuts or not-so-well researched diets.
Instead, Fran Dingeman, the owner of Network Saratoga LLC, was inspired by a few celebrities to start a live-streamed charity event she’s calling One for All.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, several Saratoga Springs-based musicians will perform via Facebook Live and YouTube and raise money for local non-profits that are assisting community members during this pandemic.
“This came out of being at home and wanting to do something that made a difference. I had watched the Elton John special, the Lady Gaga special and a lot of others that have been going on over the past weeks,” Dingeman said.
She started reaching out to local musicians like Garland Nelson, Rich Ortiz, Jeff Brisbin and others about two weeks ago to see if they’d like to do something similar and raise money for a local non-profit of their choice. They each agreed wholeheartedly and she was able to bring together a full roster of well-known local musicians, including Rick Bolton, Justin Joyner, Matt McCabe, Tim Wechgelaer and Jay Yager.
"I feel like we have the core of the talented musicians that play out at our local venues every year and the core community organizations that at this point in time have been even more taxed to offer those services in light of the pandemic,” Dingeman said.
There’s also a mix of genres represented in the evening’s line-up.
“We’ve got country, Americana, pop-rock; a beautiful combination. If you look at all of the artists, they bring in many different audiences from the local community and that’s what we were hoping for,” Dingeman said.
Event planning is Dingeman’s bread and butter. Through Network Saratoga, she’s planned events like the Victorian Streetwalk and bicentennial events for the town of Wilton. One for All is a completely different project.
“This is a whole new level, doing this through social media, but it’s one that I am so excited about because it allows for new ways of bringing people together.
You don’t have the limits of space and logistics . . . It’s very freeing and I think the potential to reach that many more people is amazing,” Dingeman said.
To produce it, she teamed up with coverbandtv.com, which recently organized ALBFest and Star Radio Talent. Peter Jones of Coverbandtv.com will handle the technical audio/visual aspect of the event while Star Radio’s Walt Adams will host.
The benefit concert will be streamed on the Saratoga One for All Facebook page and YouTube. Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, local artists will introduce the non-profit that they’re raising money for, perform a few songs and end their set with short video clips about how the non-profits are impacting the community during this pandemic.
The non-profits featured include the Saratoga Senior Center, Healing Springs, AIM Services, Inc., Saratoga Center for the Family, Wellspring, Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center and The Wesley Community. Donations can be made directly to the organizations via their websites.
“The evening is a testament to the caring spirit of the Saratoga community. Everyone who partnered in the creation of this event did so on a voluntary basis.
The musicians themselves, having dealt with the loss of event and venue gigs throughout the summer due to the pandemic, selflessly jumped in to participate filled with passion over bringing focus and support to our area non-profits,” Dingeman said.