LAKEWOOD - A benefit is planned with an impressive collection of local talent, friends and neighbors in support of Roger Vaillancourt on Sunday, April 14 at the Lakewood Legion, 127 Chautauqua Ave., from 1 to 7 p.m.
On Christmas Eve, Vaillancourt, a local contractor, fell 14 feet at his work site and suffered severe spinal cord injury. Vaillancourt's friends and neighbors in the rural North Harmony-Stow area immediately organized an active vigil of providing practical, financial and emotional support with an amazing outpouring of compassion. Vaillancourt is currently being treated in rehabilitation in the Pittsburgh area and is looking forward to finally coming home in May.
The $15 ticket is a good value including the full menu of food, live music and a chance for the door prize attendees need not be present to win. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the benefit. Advance tickets can be purchased at Farm Fresh Foods in Jamestown and Altered States at Stow Ferry and Carpenter Pringle Road.
Five bands, each with some connection to Vaillancourt, have volunteered to play as live entertainment on April 14. Starting at 1 p.m., the praise band "Cross Reference" kicks off the show featuring friend Howard Peacock of Stow. "Antics," the southern rock band headed by Tony Fliminio, formerly of Stow, takes the stage at 2 p.m. Jackson Rohmasked will perform his popular acoustic sound and local favorites Bill Ward and Amanda Barton will please fans with their vocals and instrumentation at 4 p.m. The band "Rock-a-Honey" will provide not only the sound system, but also rock and roll at 5 p.m.
Those who attend should anticipate a great meal as Mark and Nick Andriaccio with Cousin Vinnie Majchrzak command the kitchen with a menu including beef on weck, Italian chicken, rigatoni, salad donated by Ruby Tuesday and desserts. Snacks and soft drinks are included. The trio of cooks say they are the sixth band as they plan to rock and roll in the kitchen to serve up their best.
Part of the fun is always the possibility of winning the 50-50 raffles and silent auction with a door prize of a freezer full of food. Browse through the auction tables offering theme gift baskets, gift cards and some major items including a lawn mower, generator and more donated by Zahm and Matson and Chautauqua Brick. There will be plenty of choices for everyone's interests.
Get out for some fun, food and entertainment on Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Legion. Vaillancourt always gave a smile, positive attitude and helping hand to those he came in contact with. His friends invite the community to share some smiles, make new friends and lend a helping hand of their own.