Benefit to aid family of boy who died a hero
BALLSTON A fundraising event will be held Sunday for the family of Lane Rowe, the 11-year-old town of Ballston boy who was killed Oct. 1 trying to prevent his family’s van from rolling into a busy road.
The “In Memory of a Young Hero, Love, Lane Fundraiser” will be held from noon until 5 p.m. at the Upstate Concert Hall (former Northern Lights) on Route 146 in Clifton Park.
Lane Rowe, a sixth-grader at the O’Rourke Middle School, was trying to keep the family’s Dodge Caravan from rolling down his driveway onto Blue Barns Road when he fell and the van rolled over him. The driverless van contained his sister and two younger brothers.
Laurie Barrett of Ballston Lake, who is organizing the fundraiser, said her son, Brandon, is 9 and “I could picture my own son doing the same thing.
“I saw the news story and it just broke my heart,” she said. She has been working on the fundraiser for more than a month.
The event will include live music by Skeeter Creek, the young star Chelsea Cavanaugh, and Pamela S. West-Finkle and her husband, Theodore Finkle — Lane’s aunt and uncle from the Catskills, who are both school music teachers and recording artists.
The event will also feature a Chinese auction with businesses from throughout the area donating items.
Pizza from at least four pizza shops along with a variety of other donated foods will be served.
The donation at the door is $20 for adults and $5 for children. Barrett said she is receiving support and help from her employer, MLB Construction Services in Malta, where she works as a receptionist.
Mark Pierre of Los Cantina Band and disc jockey Tim Wedeman of Capital DJs are helping to coordinate the musical part of the fundraiser, she said.
More than a dozen restaurants in the Ballston Lake-Clifton Park area are donating food for the event, Barrett said.
A balloon artist, a comedian and Mr. Twisty, along with face painters will be at the event for the children in attendance.
Barrett has opened an account at the NBT Bank called the Love, Lane Fundraiser. She said all money collected will go into this account and a check will be given to Lane’s family.
Barrett said Jennifer Abraham, Lane’s mother, is appreciative of the help Barrett and the other volunteers are giving her family. Barrett said the family will use the money to pay family expenses, including for Lane’s funeral.
For more information, contact Laurie Barrett at 698-8234.