Second Chance Heading Home Center benefit set for October 5

On Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m., Jerry Gaye of Osceola is hosting the sixth annual benefit for shelter animals at the Knoxville VFW at Boatman Brook, Knoxville, Pa. 16928. There will not be an admission or cover charge to attend.

The Blue Country Roots band, with six members from New York and Pennsylvania, will open the benefit performing country and bluegrass tunes. 

“As music and animal lovers, we formed our band in November of 2016 at the request of our big-hearted friend, Jerry Gaye to help make this annual benefit a huge success,” said Diane Brownell. A professional artist, Brownell plays five-string banjo and sings with the band. 

“Jerry has been donating his musical talent for many years to help animals in tribute to ‘Little Charlie,'” Brownell added. Gaye plays Dobro and five-string banjo. Other band members include: Jerry Calkins on bass, Walt Bialkowski on fiddle; and Joe Brownell and Don Javert, both on rhythm guitar. Bialkowski, Brownell and Javert, also sing. 

The Chinese auction will begin at approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 with lots of items available. 

“We will have a wide selection of donated items from people who want to help and regional and local businesses. Among them will be gift cards, jewelry, toys, clothing, dishes, bake ware, grills, tools, etc. Auction tickets will be available for people to place with the items they want to win,” Gaye said. 

“We are hoping this year’s benefit will be even bigger than last year’s,” said Gaye. “More people are getting into it and more monetary donations are coming in. People who attend can donate money to help Second Chance or bring a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies.”

Each year, Gaye’s benefit to help dogs and cats that need homes and are in shelters in Tioga County has grown in popularity. The first four benefits were held at Willie’s Bar and Grill in Osceola. Last year, to accommodate more people, it was held at the Knoxville VFW. 

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