'If music be the food of love..."
As it turned out, my concern was “Much Ado About Nothing” and Cohen informed me after the fact that “of the 30 or so musical acts, not one called to cancel—and kept it going the following day. All of the people that donate their time, and the support from the community, is overwhelming. Since this is a no overhead event, every dime raised goes directly to the 15 food banks and the federation to help those in need throughout the county.”
Far too numerous to mention individually, suffice it to say that a wide array of bands and solo performers were on hand, an endless variety of musical appetites sated (“As You Like It”), and that the appetites of those in need will be met—for now. Striking a chord with those in attendance is great, but the food banks are open and in need throughout the year. This worthy cause will continue into the good night, therefore “Stacy & Friends” will not stop in their quest to champion the cause, along with the hundreds of supporters and tireless volunteers that this great event has drawn.
A follow-up conversation with Cohen clearly illustrated the point. “Considering the bad weather in Sullivan County, all involved feel really good about the community,” she said. “We figure, when all is in, that the donations received will be close to $10,000. The lion’s share came in from the $5 and $10 donations, alongside generous private contributors and corporate donations from Crystal Run and Jeff Bank.”
“If music be the food of love” still rings true, long after Mr. Shakespeare put pen to paper, and I am proud to be a member of this community, prouder still of the accomplishments and dedication I recognize in others. The immediacy of these efforts is enormously rewarding to observe and makes me want to be a better person, to reach out to the community personally and to help make sure, that at the end of the day (one dollar at a time), that “Alls Well That Ends Well.”