MORRISONVILLE - There's going to be a lot of entertainment under one roof this weekend, and it's going to be for an event Bill Clukey hopes will draw people by the masses.
Cocktails will host a 12-hour entertainment marathon this Sunday, Sept. 12, to benefit the Joint Council for Economic Opportunities of Clinton and Franklin Counties Food Shelf program.
Clukey, entertainment director for the River Street establishment, said he's been working to line up several performers, including Elvis tribute artist Joe Ramsey from Glens Falls and local country and western musician Jack Vassar.
"We're going to have many different artists," said Clukey. "We've got a band called Loose Connection from Ticonderoga that's going to open the show. What I like about them is they have 30 original songs they perform besides songs they cover. They're really good."
Clukey said he's also thankful to have local performers on board with the event like Vassar, who hails from Plattsburgh.
"Jack Vassar is just a great individual and he's been here for every fundraiser we've done," said Clukey, who noted more than $40,000 was raise last year through fundraisers at Cocktails.
Vassar, who has performed throughout the area, said he's proud to be part of the event, knowing proceeds will go to "a good cause."
"It makes me feel real good and I know it makes Bill feel good," said Vassar. "There's a lot of people out there in need. It's sad that we have to have benefits like this, but we do this to let people know we care."
The cause, said Clukey, is one he believes in because of the need he hears about in the community.
"We timed it for September because of the holidays that are coming up like Thanksgiving and Christmas," he said. "We're hoping to raise a nice chunk of money."
This Sunday's event will start at 12 p.m. and include performances by comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, clowns and puppeteers. The day will also include woodcarving demonstrations, raffle drawings and more.
The cost of admission has been reduced from $25 for an all-day pass to $10 in an effort to bring more people through the doors this Sunday, said Clukey.
"We would love to be able to give their food shelf a nice big check," he said. "And, if people want to bring in nonperishable items for the food shelf, we'll collect those, too."
For more information, call 561-7322.