Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group

Potsdam, NY

A Successful Easter Party-thanks to our donors and attendees

The Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group would like to express its thanks to those families that came to our first Easter Party for Kids on Saturday March 28.  For our first attempt at such an event, we were pleased with the results and have already thought of ways to improve the experience.  

Special thanks to the American Legion Post #74 for allowing us to use their space and the Massena Boys & Girls Club for the appearance by the Easter Bunny.

We also wish to thank the numerous businesses that donated items:  3 Bears Gluten Free Bakery, Jreck Subs, The Cornerstore, Misty Hollow, Sergi’s, The University Bookstore, Hair Studio & Spa, Between the Buns, Hot Tamale, UPS Store, First Crush, Kinney Drugs, Great Northern Printing, North Country Neighbors, Price Chopper, Potsdam IGA, and Potsdam Kiwanis Club.

In order to continue this event next year, we hope to team up with another group/organization that can help us with volunteers.

Interested groups can contact Greg Bouchard at [email protected]

PHOTO:  The Easter Bunny at the Hankfest Easter Party on March 28 with the children of John & Crystal Williams- Brandie Marie, Cameron, Isabella, and John.

Photo:  Presentation of $700 proceeds from Hankfest to the Potsdam Public Library.

Left to Right:  Gregory Bouchard, Hankfest President Founder; Patricia Musante, Potsdam Library Director, and Sarah Sachs, Youth Services Librarian.

The Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group annually organizes a fun musical afternoon in Potsdam to raise funds for a local charity or organization.   On Saturday August 9th, many attended the 9th Annual Hankfest held in the Sandstoner Park pavilion near the Pine Street Arena and beach. 

The crowd enjoyed the music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, the Patsy Cline trivia, food provided by The Grub Tub, and the vendors.

The organizers and crowd loved the location, which was new to the event this year.  “We hope to continue to hold the event at Sandstoner Park in the future,” said Colleen Oshier the group’s music director.

“We wish to thank all 30 businesses that donated items for the door prizes,” said Hankfest founder Gregory Bouchard, “We also thank the great musicians that donated their talent to our event. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The proceeds of this year’s event went to the Potsdam Public Library. The event raised a record $700, the most raised to date by Hankfest.

“The Potsdam Library appreciates this donation, and will use the funds to purchase materials for the children section and toward replacing some of the worn out children’s furniture,” Library Director Patricia Musante announced when the checks were presented to her.

“Two monetary donations were made prior to the event from The Clarkson Inn and SeaComm Federal Credit Union totaling $200. The remainder we raised during Hankfest,” stated Mr. Bouchard.  

Charities We Have Supported

2014- Potsdam Public Library- Children's area

2013 - The American Red Cross

2012- The BirthPlace At CPH

2011- Boys and Girls Club Of Ogdensburg/ Helping Hands Of Potsdam

2010- The Warner Cancer Treatment Center, Potsdam

2009- Cerebral Palsy Association Of The North Country

2008- Potsdam Humane Sociaty

2007- Hospice Of The St.Lawrence Valley

2006- The American Red Cross