PTA, Main Street program to benefit from Hank Lasky Memorial
Musician Jeff Perigo will host a memorial benefit on Nov. 23 in Boswell. Funds from this year's Hank Lasky Memorial Benefit will go to several local community groups. (Submitted photo)
The benefit — now in its fifth year — was organized in 2007 shortly after Jeff Perigo's childhood friend Hank Lasky, 25, was killed in a car accident in Wilmington, N.C. Lasky, a Boswell native, was living in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the time.
"The idea was that we could help the family with some of the funeral expenses," Perigo said. Lasky didn't have health insurance and other family members were dealing with expensive medical problems, so the family was in a difficult financial position, Perigo said.
That first event raised $3,000 for the family. "People really responded and we've continued to throw them and help other community organizations," he said.
Since the benefit's inception, Perigo, 39, estimates that approximately $8,000 has been raised.
In other years the benefit has raised money for the Boswell Helping Hands Food Pantry, the North Star High School golf team, the North Star Youth Outreach summer camp, a scholarship for a North Star graduate and a war memorial honoring the community's veterans at the high school football field.
"In a lot of ways, it's become a fun night where I get to see friends, do something good for the community," he said.
This year the event will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Boswell American Legion and feature four bands.
Live entertainment will consist of blues, Motown, folk and acoustic music from Jeff Perigo and Friends, the Dylanistas, the Oldies & Moldies and the Shawn Green Band.
The Dylanistas play contemporary folk originals. The Oldies & Moldies are a female Motown-style band and Shawn Green's group prefers funk rock.
Perigo has been playing guitar steadily since his early 20s.
"I like a lot of different styles. Right now it's pretty exciting because there's this big push in Americana-style music. Sort of a country, rock and blues," he said.
"It's pretty great when you get to play music and help people out," he said.
Tickets are available at the door.