Fundraisers, Not Fire: Tess’ Lark Tavern
UPDATE: Here’s the latest info on the May 22 fundraiser for Tess’ Lark Tavern, being held in Washington Park. Including schedule of bands…
We’re still numb.
It’s Monday – the day that we gather at Tess’ Lark Tavern for our weekly Guinness Club meeting. Chat about art and music. Joke with the lovely Nicole. And enjoy a pint (or two) of stout.
We’ve been doing it for more than five years now, but of course, it won’t be happening today. Or next week. Or the week after that. It won’t happen for a long time. But it will happen again.
It’s time to get to work and start rebuilding Tess’ Lark Tavern after it was destroyed by a fire last Thursday morning.
Many of you, I’m sure, have already donated to the cause. Alien Nation at the Fuze Box raised $800 on Friday night. The Albany All Stars Roller Derby are accepting donations for Tess, too. And thanks to your incredible generosity, Matt Baumgartner’s Friday Puppy site has already received more than $20,000 in donations for Tess and her crew.
Most of the bars around the Lark Street area are collecting money, too, so if you’re out having a beer, please leave an extra dollar or two and tell the bartender to give it to Tess. At 5pm Thursday, the Nottingham Chop House is hosting a Help Lark Tavern night.
Beginning at 10am on Sunday, May 23, the Orlo School of Hair Design is hosting a Cut-A-Thon for Tess. Make an appointment and get your hair cut and styled – just $20 a pop. All proceeds to Tess.
And Samson Contompasis of the Marketplace Gallery started putting together a benefit for Tess Collins and her girls even before the smoke cleared from the tavern. Here are some of the details, and we’ll be sure to pass along more as they become finalized:
WHERE: The Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington Park, Albany
1-11pm, 3-8pm, Saturday, May 22
WHAT: “Rock to Rebuild: A Benefit for Tess’ Lark Tavern” (Facebook)
$10 $25 donation (includes beer)
If you’re interested in donating goods or services for the silent auction, contact Jasen Von Guiness: [email protected]
If you’re interested in donating work for the art auction, contact Samson Contompasis: [email protected]
If you’re interested in volunteering to help out at the event, contact [email protected]
UPDATE: Changes going on. The Washington Park Lakehouse benefit is now slated for 3-8pm, rather than 1-11pm. Suggested donation is now $25, which includes beer. There will also be an additional benefit at Contompasis’ Marketplace Gallery in Albany after the Lakehouse bash featuring bands, poets and an art auction.
NOTE: And if you know of a benefit or an event that’s helping to raise money for Tess’ Lark Tavern, please let be sure to let Nippertown.com know about it: [email protected]