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Fundraiser aims to help Madison Avenue fire victims

July 22, 2017 11:52 PM

ALBANY – ALBANY - It was a busy Saturday night in Albany’s Center Square neighborhood.

People at the Savoy Taproom on Lark Street enjoyed a night out for a good cause.

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“So it’s always great to be able to enjoy yourself and have a good time and give back to your community at the same time,” said Amy Gauthier.

Gauthier, Fred Bradley and dozens of other people at a fundraiser at the venue were supporting victims of a devastating fire that happened just around the corner on Madison Avenue Monday.

The fire gutted four Civil War-era homes and damaged a fifth home. Three of the row houses have already been demolished.

“That's what a community is,” Bradley said. “We stick together. We help each other out.”

Luckily, none of the fire victims was injured but more than a dozen people are now homeless.

“So we're working with all the victims to make sure they have housing and we're working with the Red Cross as well so that people can be permanently housed,” Albany Mayor Kathy Sheen said.

Live bands also volunteered their time for Saturday night’s fundraiser.

“People lost everything and so...we jumped right at it and assembled what we could and we're excited to play tonight, said Rob Franchini of the “Flying Rob and Friends” band.

Cash donations as well as proceeds from a silent auction and a raffle will go to the Madison Avenue Fire Victims Relief Fund

“To see business owners, residents, large corporations just immediately jump in to help these people, it raises the spirit,” said Jason Pierce, co-owner of the Savoy Taproom.

Pierce and co-owner Daniel Atkins said it was a community effort.

“As we were sitting and I'm kind of figuring out what's going on, on Facebook at the same time I have people reaching out saying what are we going to do, how are we going to help,” Atkins said.

“Cheers to people for putting on events like this and raising money for people who need it,” Gauthier said.

Several community groups, including the Lark Street Business Improvement District, helped organize this fundraiser.

Mayor Sheehan said the city would be reaching out to the property owners on Madison Avenue to figure out if they will rebuild.

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