SCHENECTADY — Dozens of volunteers from Union College and people from across New York state came together Sunday for a concert at Mohawk Harbor to remember the 20 people who died in a limousine crash in early October and honor the emergency personnel who responded to the scene.
The fundraising event dubbed Healing Schoharie was organized by the college volunteers and other local organizations, including Proctors, the Galesi Group and Rivers Casino & Resort.
The concert featured performances by local bands Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station. Tickets to the event, which ran from noon until about 4 p.m., were $10. Druthers Brewing at Mohawk Harbor also committed to donate all proceeds from its beer sales at the event and 50 percent of all customer checks served at the restaurant. Other food vendors also donated a percentage of their sales
Raffles with various prizes were also included in the day to raise money. All proceeds from the door fees and raffles will go to the families of victims and first responders.
The crash happened at the intersection of routes 30 and 30A in the town of Schoharie, when the stretch limousine carrying the driver and 17 passengers to a birthday celebration went through a stop sign, struck and killed two pedestrians in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store and crashed down a small ravine.
Everyone in the limousine was killed, including four sisters from the same Amsterdam family, along with three of their spouses. Their friends and other relatives were among those killed. The crash was the nation’s worst transportation-related disaster in nearly a decade.