by Dave Warner
It wasn’t the best weather you could ask for when planning an outdoor event in Burke Park, but the annual BBQ & Blues Fundraiser for the Little Falls Community Outreach pressed forward with raising money for the programs that they have.
Over the last three years, the Outreach has grown to provide 12 programs in the community serving over 4,300 people per year and they have done so without increasing their funding, so the Blues and BBQ event was an important one.
Cathy Carpineti – Program Director for LFCO said, “We are out here trying to raise money to continue all of our programs. This is our one and only really big fundraiser that we do.”
The group does the wish boats at the Midsummer Night’s Picnic as well, but that doesn’t raise as much money as the Blues and BBQ event. “Today we have gift baskets and the grand prizes, and they were all donated,” she said.
Despite the rain, Carpineti said, “We started out well. We did a lot of pre-sale tickets, which was good because it made a huge difference. There have been people just sitting here under the tents enjoying the day and listening to the music. We’re had a lot of takeouts as well.”
She also said, “We have plenty of die-hards who have stayed out here despite the rain.”
Sponsors of the event were First Presbyterian Church, Little Falls; Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center; Burrows Foundation; Geraty Pools & Spas; Little Falls YMCA; The Cafe at Stone Mill; Al & Judy McDowell; and Alan & Linda Vincent.