T-Shirts, Etc. and the Batavia Business Improvement District (or "the BID") will present "DC in the Square," a benefit for local philanthropist Don Carroll, on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. It will be downtown at Jackson Square.
Carroll, who is well-known locally for raising thousands of dollars on behalf of underprivileged youth, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in April.
Brian and Beth Kemp of T-Shirts, Etc. have known Carroll for several years and helped him every year with Toys for Kids, an annual toy drive Carroll founded to purchase Christmas presents for children who might not otherwise receive them.
"When I found out about Don's cancer," Beth said, "I went to Brian and suggested we host a benefit. Because he has helped so many people, I thought it would be awesome for the community to be able to give back."
They approached the BID to ask if they could use Jackson Square as the venue. The BID went even further and agreed to sponsor the event.
"DC in the Square" will feature live performances by three bands: "Old Hippies," "Soul Craft" and "Savage Cabbage," plus a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle.
Items included in the auction and raffle will include all kinds of goodies donated by several local businesses, including:
Clothing apparel from Lamb Farms (Oakfield)
A goodie basket from Oliver's Candies
T-shirts and gift certificates from The Batavian
Coffee Culture Manager Brenda Richardson, who is also helping out with the event, said that M&T Bank has donated money, which they may use for a kids' basket or something similar.
Clor's Meat Market will be providing BBQ dinners for $9. People have their choice of chicken, rib or pulled pork dinners. Each dinner comes with a roll, butter, and two out of the following three sides:
Tickets can be purchased at the Square on July 29 or in advance at the following Batavia locations:
T-Shirts Etc., 111 Main St.
Clor's Meat Market, 4169 W. Main St. Road
Coffee Culture, 6 Court St.
A minimum $2 donation is asked of everyone at the gate.
Jerry Foster, a former teacher and lifelong friend of Carroll's, provided an update on his condition.
"He's completed his third cycle of chemo," Foster said. "He is starting to be able to swallow a little bit, though not much. ... He will be going back to Strong Memorial Hospital to see if the tumor has shrunk enough that they can operate on it."
For more information about "DC in the Square," contact Brian and Beth Kemp at 345-1993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture courtesy of Brian and Beth Kemp.