DANSVILLE — Cancer has affected everyone in some way, and having a cancer center close to home means a lot to the community.
FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli held a cancer benefit for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center on Aug. 28.
CJ FitzPatrick, owner of FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli, said that this all came about three weeks ago, and it is about bringing the community together for a great cause.
“This is the first time we have done this for the cancer center,” he said. “For me, this is about seeing the community come together for the cancer center. Everyone has been affected by cancer whether it is friends or family.”
FitzPatrick said that the weather was in their favor for a beautiful event, and that he expected a huge turnout for it.
“We have personal reasons for wanting to do this benefit,” he said. “We hope we get a lot of community support.”
Wild Brute decided to come down for a wine taste at the benefit. They are good friends with the FitzPatrick brothers.
“My goal is to raise at least $2,000, but if we can raise more than that it will be awesome,” FitzPatrick said. “If we raise $2,000 I will consider that a big success.”
The 50/50 raffle reached $1,000, the pork meals were $10, and donations were welcome for the Bounce House.
“The interesting thing about this event is that we organized it ourselves,” FitzPatrick said. “We are the ones doing all of the donations, and we didn’t ask anyone else for donations. We really wanted it to be something we put on ourselves. All of our employees pitched in donations, and one waitress donated all her tips. The staff has been very helpful.”
There was live music by Matt Geffers and Josh Whiteman as well. Kickin Country was there to help out from 2 to 4 p.m.
“We are a big believer in community. Small businesses like us feel very strongly about it,” FitzPatrick said. “People need to help each other in some way with these surrounding communities.”
Every Tuesday night FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli holds a classic car and motorcycle Cruise Night Event.
Mike Tierney, Wild Brute Lead Bartender, said that he used to work for the FitzPatrick Family and he still thinks they are great people. He was allowing community to try the latest Cabernet Franc 2017. Most of the wines are a dry red with a smooth taste. They are working on a white dry wine as well.
“It is really great for me to be here. I really appreciate being a part of it,” he said. “I miss the people here a lot.”
FitzPatrick Farm Market and Deli is 100 percent veteran owned and operated. CJ spent six years in the US Navy. Shane FitzPatrick spent four years in the US Army. They are located at 8637 State Route 36 in Dansville. They are open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.