PLATTSBURGH - At the Plattsburgh YMCA, no one is turned away for their inability to pay.
This philosophy is why the organization now holds the music event, Rockin Out for the Y. Proceeds from the day are used for scholarships to be given out to those who may not be able to afford the membership at the YMCA.
Last year brought in the Albany-based Irish folk band "Hair of the Dog," which board president Rick Martindale says is "middle of the road," for the audience it hits.
"It's a fun family-band," he said. "In fact they just again got voted the most popular band in the Albany area."
Rockin Out for the Y will be held this Sunday, June 13, from 3-8 p.m. at the Naked Turtle, 1 Dock St.
The event will be expanded from last year with the addition of two more musical performers.
Ben Bright, a local music teacher, now known for his stint on American Idol, will be performing at 3 p.m., followed by Hair of the Dog at 4 p.m. and Eat.Sleep.Funk, a "really good party band," according to Martindale, will end the day from 6-8 p.m.
"We really did want to make it a fun event for the family to come out," Martindale said.
With the support of sponsors and ticket sales, last year's event brought in around $9,000 to help support more than 100 families.
"We've seen an unprecedented amount of scholarships," said executive director Kevin Killeen. "More in the last two years than ever. This kind of thing helps us to be able to do that."
Killeen explained there is a sliding scale for people "based on their income and any special circumstances that might come into play," that will decide the scholarship they receive.
"Nobody is denied program or membership because of their inability to pay," he explained.
This year has already brought in 18 to 20 sponsors, with a couple of them being a "top dog" sponsor, donating $1,000.
Martindale explained another "handful" of businesses donated at the $500 and many donated at the $250 level.
With more sponsorships offsetting the events costs, more money can be set aside for the scholarships.
For more information about Rockin Out for the Y, call 561-4290. Tickets, which are $12 in advance and $15 the day of, with children age 12 and younger admitted free, can be purchased at Olive Ridley's, the YMCA, and Naked Turtle.
"Just come on out," said Martindale. "Hopefully it'll be a nice day."