Fun event to help Capital Region families through tragic times

August 17, 2017 02:30 PM

COXSACKIE - An annual day-long, family-friendly event set for Friday will benefit two local families who have fought tragic events.

A spot near the Coxsackie Prison will transform into a "Backing the Blue" event.

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"Every year, we look for a reason to help out someone in the community and do something to benefit them," said Steve Carknard, the chief sector steward in Coxsackie.

Two families specifically will benefit from the proceeds. One is for Kevin Haverly, a Greene County deputy sheriff who died in the line of duty back in February. The 26-year old crashed on Route 23 in Ashland when his car hit a telephone pole. His 12-hour shift was about 45 minutes from ending when he crashed.

The other is Clara Ray Morton, a 1-year old girl with a congenital heart defect. The tiny girl has a team behind her with Twitter and Facebook accounts. Her family says that "everyday, Clara Ray amazes us. Until she tells us, she no longer wants to do this... we will fight right along side of her. We will fight for her."

So will the corrections staff for this Family Fun Day which runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Highlights include a dunk tank, chicken barbeque, car show, softball game between Greene and Coxsackie counties, Santa Claus and more.

"During the event, we're going to have approximately seven different police and fire agencies here with different displays. We're also going to have bouncy houses and several activities for the young kids," said Carknard.


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