Fundraiser held in Saratoga Springs for families of Schoharie crash victims

October 18, 2018 11:15 PM

SARATOGA - Over $1,100 has been raised for the families of two women who died in the Schoharie limo crash.

The Pig N' Whistle on Broadway in Saratoga Springs held a paint and sip fundraiser and raffle to support the Halse and Cavosie families on Thursday night.

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Several staff members at the Pig N' Whistle have personal ties to the Halse and Cavosie families. They said it felt right to honor Amanda and Rachael while also helping their loved ones.

"You just never know when something is going to hit your community,” restaurant co-owner Scott Solomon said.

Solomon didn't know any of the victims personally but when his staff asked about holding a fundraiser for Amanda Halse and Rachael Cavosie's families, he didn't think twice.

"The community supports us every day of the year so when we get a chance to support the community we love to take advantage of it,” Solomon said.

Bar manager Katheryn Lohret knew Amanda Halse personally. She said Amanda's brother taught her how to bartend as well.

"It was important to me to use my role as a bar manager to give back to the community and the best way I know how to do that is by putting on bar events,” Lohret said.

So that's exactly what she did, with live music, a raffle, and a paint and sip session.

All of the proceeds from paint and sip and the raffle were donated. A signature cocktail was also created for the event. All of the proceeds from the autumn apple sangrias sold on Thursday night were donated in addition to half of the bar proceeds.

"It’s kind of encouraging that everybody comes together like this and supports one another,” event goer David Theobald said. “There's a lot of love and kindness especially in Saratoga County but throughout New York State."

Solomon said Thursday's night's event may be the start of something new.

“Hopefully were going to keep doing paint and sip once a month and maybe we’ll start finding other charities we can give out some of the proceeds to and keep this tradition going, “Solomon said.


Emily Burkhard

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