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Crosses have been erected at the site of an October vehicle accident that claimed the lives of 20 individuals outside of the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie. Winnie Blackwood


For the Express

A fundraising event will be held in Amsterdam by Reflections Memorial Foundation to continue their efforts to create a space to remember those who lost their lives in the 2018 Schoharie limousine crash. 

The foundation will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, June 1 in Riverlink Park in Amsterdam from 4 to 8 p.m. and will offer a variety of food and beverage tastings, music and a silent auction. John Gray, the News 10 WTEN news anchor and a board member of the foundation, will act as master of ceremonies. Musicians Steve Cowles and Greg Aidala will perform throughout the event.

Tickets will be sold for $50 per person or $90 for two tickets at various businesses in the Amsterdam and Schoharie areas or online at the foundation’s website. 

A variety of wine, beers and meads will be available from Green Wolf Brewing Co., Middleburgh Winery, LLC, Hummingbird Hills Winery, Ommegang, Deathwish Coffee and Heldeberg Meadery. 

Restaurants will also be offering samples of selected food items. The list of restaurants involved in the event include Under the Nose, Bull’s Head Inn, Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, Schoharie Valley Farms, Lanzi’s On The Lake, Stewart’s Shops, Nicolino’s Restaurant, Rolling Hills Country Club and DomAdi’s Deli. 

A silent auction will also be held at the event with prizes, such as a one night stay at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, a gift basket from Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness and a piece from Willow Tree by Susan Lordi signed by the artist herself. 

Apparel created by the foundation will be for sale at the event, as well. 

Proceeds made from the ticket sales, silent auction and clothing sale will go directly to a fund created through the foundation to erect a permanent memorial to remember the 20 lives that were lost on Oct. 6, 2018 in a fatal limousine accident that claimed its 17 passengers and driver, along with two pedestrians, in Schoharie outside of the Apple Barrel Country Store. Half of the 20 people claimed in the fatal crash lived within Montgomery and Fulton counties, while other victims had connections to the area. 

In the wake of the tragedy, the Reflections Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to establish a space to reflect, remember and grieve the 20 lives lost.

A memorial for the crash victims and several crosses have been placed outside of the Apple Barrel, but plans for a permanent memorial are in the works at the site of the accident.

 “That is the purpose is to honor those people, but also to give a place to remember the beautiful souls that were lost,” said Lois Goblet, treasurer of the foundation.

Goblet said a highlight of the event is that an artist rendering of what the permanent memorial will look like will be on display for the public to see for the first time. The design of the memorial will incorporate ideas given by the victims’ family members. The foundation met with family members during the holiday season to gather their ideas for the memorial. In the past couple weeks, the families were shown the rendering, Goblet said. 

The plan is to have the memorial erected by the the incident’s anniversary on Oct. 6. 

“We feel very strongly that something needs to be in place by the anniversary of the accident,” Goblet said. 

Tickets can be purchased online at reflectionsmemorialfoundation.org/fundraiser. Select locations are also selling tickets for the fundraiser including Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, Schoharie Valley Farms, Grapevine Farms, Farmhouse Floral Design, Hill and Markes, Inc., DomAdi’s Deli and Grapevine Farms. 

Those interested in donating an item to the silent auction or restaurants interested in being a part of the food sampling line up, can contact Goblet by phone at 518-365-4085.

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