YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce donated proceeds from its inaugural SpringFest to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the form of a $1,000 check.
The event was held Saturday, March 24, at the Yorktown firehouse field.
Despite the brisk weather, residents were eager to shake off those winter blues and enjoy live music, beer and wine, food from local vendors, and engage in a variety of fun activities.
“This is what the Yorktown chamber is all about,” said President Eric DiBartolo. “It’s not only about helping business, it’s about helping everybody that we possibly can. By being able to present the check today, although we would love to have presented them with $100,000…It’s just showing the chamber on a different level. It’s just not business, business, business.”
The event was spearheaded by Lillian Chapman of Chapman Insurance and Perry Gusikoff of Yorktown Auto Body.
“We tried to make it an interesting event by having music, dance, all kinds of food and a great cause,” Chapman said. “So, those things combined we thought brought a lot of people out on a sunny, unfortunately chilly, day. We’re going to plan for incredibly better weather next year.”
Money was raised through donation jugs, a silent auction and vendor fees.
“St. Jude was a great part of what we were doing,” Gusikoff said. “We’re happy that we were a bit profitable and enough that we were able to make it all worthwhile.”
Pam Geiger, associate director of St. Jude New York/New Jersey region, said any amount of money helps the Memphis-based hospital conduct and share its research.
“Only because of all of you are we able to continue our research and save children’s lives,” Geiger said. “I look forward to seeing what next year can do, because it can only grow from here.”