DANSVILLE — It was the biggest fundraiser yet for Dansville ArtWorks as several local businesses took part in supporting the art center on April 21.
Among those available to sponsor the event with food, beer, wine, and cider tastings were Deer Run Winery, OSB Ciderworks, FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli, and Battle Street Brewery.
Deer Run Winery Sales Director Jeremy Clark said it is a great thing to get so many small businesses in a spot like the art center.
“There is something for everyone here,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about not pleasing everyone.”
Deer Run Winery is working on their first college grad bash this summer. The winery also has their concert series all summer long on Thursday nights starting at 6 p.m.
“They can step out of the college life, and be part of the classy winery,” Clark said.
Clark said that is important to have community events like the one at Dansville ArtWorks.
For more information on Deer Run Winery visit https://www.deerrunwinery.com
FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli Co-owner Shane FitzPatrick said they have always had a good relationship with the art center.
“I think it is great to have a community event like this that brings everyone out,” he said.
FitzPatrick said that since people are getting used to the restaurant side of the business it is going really well.
“We are always adding to the menu, and get a great crowd around lunch time,” he said. “We have a lot of local farmers that come in to eat. We get workers, travelers, and tourists as well.”
FitzPatrick said that everyone pitches in to help others in the community, and everyone is trying to keep their business up and moving.
“Everyone needs to help everyone else out. We are all in business, and trying to provide a service,” he said. “This (Dansville ArtWorks) is a wonderful little place.”
For more information about FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli visit http://www.fitzpatrickfarmmarket.com
OSB Ciderworks Renee Smith is the mother of the two worker bees who run the business, Eric Smith and Elise Barnard.
“It is an honor to be asked to be part of such a great fundraiser,” Renee Smith said. “My kids have done well in such a short amount of time. They are in 91 bars across the area now. They just got into Buffalo and Syracuse.”
Eric Smith gets all of his produce from FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli.
“We love to support local, and have them all support us,” Renee Smith said. “Our community in Lakeville is thriving, and I believe it has to do with the OSB.”
For more information on OSB Ciderworks visit https://www.osbciderworks.com/about-us
Battle Street Brewery Bartender Megan Pierce was one of the first to be hired to the new local brewery.
“I think this (Dansville ArtWorks) is a great environment to be a part of,” she said. “There are lots of things to try.”
Pierce said she loves working in a historical building, and the people that come in are great.
For more information on Battle Street Brewery visit https://www.battlestreetbrewery.com/home
There were over 170 tickets sold to the fundraiser, lottery tickets, door prizes and a chance to win big cash prizes.
“There are a lot of people who came to this that have never been in the store before,” Salome Farraro, Dansville ArtWorks board member, said. “We are getting a lot of positive feedback on this fundraiser.”
Farraro said that they have never done an event this big before, and they would do it again.
The cash prize winners: Jenni Leuzzi won the $20.18, Dick Thomas won the $201.80, and Samantha Riedel won the $2,018.