Sixty bakers have gotten out their mixing bowls to raise funds for 80 refugees settling into the Hudson Valley from various countries in war distress. You'll recognize names from local businesses like Ella's Bellas and Five Hens Baked Goods, as well as rising independent bakers from Beacon bake sale fundraisers like Tessa Dean, Jill Corson, Kate Donahue Daley and Stacie Merrill, Additionally, 30 raffle prizes have been donated from Beacon businesses including Hudson Beach Glass, Artisan Wine Shop, Quinn's, and local artisans. Even Random House and Penguin Classics books have sent in donations for the raffle, all of which happens on Saturday, December 10, 2016, which is Beacon's Second Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm at 510 Main St. (Open Space Gallery) Beacon, NY 12508.
Says the event's organizer, Julie Shiroishi: "As the longtime home of folk legend Pete Seeger, the people of the city of Beacon cherish the late musician’s message of love, tolerance, and inclusion. In that spirit, citizens of Beacon are banding together to celebrate his enduring legacy by raising funds for the 80 refugees soon to be resettled in the region."
Julie says that the money raised at the Beacon of Love fundraiser will be donated to the Mid-Hudson Refugee Welcome Fund to help with the costs of the goods and services that the new settlers will need to ease their transition to life in America.