Striders Live

Area residents are set to be presented with an evening of live entertainment, food and drinks that will raise funds for Chautauqua Striders.

Striders, an organization dedicated to mentoring and guiding the youth of Chautauqua County through education, advocacy and athletics is set to host the second annual Striders Night Live fundraiser. The event is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at The Crystal Ballroom. Only those age 21 and older will be permitted to enter.

According to Ben Lindquist, executive director for Chautauqua Striders, the event is a way to get the public involved by getting more people aware of the program and the services it provides.

“It’s an event that we host that gets people thinking about Striders,” Lindquist said. “It gets people out in the middle of winter for a night without the kids, and is the end of the work week for teachers.”

The funds raised during the event will serve to support general Chautauqua Striders programming, Lindquist said. In particular, the majority of the funds will benefit the track and field program.

“Our track and field program is not generally supported by local foundations, so in order for them to continue to provide an elite track and field club for the youth in our area they have to think outside the starter blocks to come up with creative fundraising,” Lindquist said.

In addition to a Chinese auction and drawings, the fundraiser will feature live music by Teachers, Preachers and Trent, as well as live comedy by Lights of Broadway. Both groups are comprised of local artists, many of whom are teachers as well.

Lights of Broadway includes three comedians, Jason Williams, Jeff Kresge and Keith Stam. Teachers, Preachers and Trent features six members, including: Adam Rohler, vocals and keyboard; Justin Joyner, vocals and guitar; Jay Baehr, guitar and vocals; Scott Lumia, bass guitar; Michael Tuccio, drums; Trent Stafford, lead guitar.

According to Tuccio, drummer for Teachers, Preachers and Trent, Striders does an enormous amount for area students, so he was completely on board when he was approached last year to get involved, and even happier to hear that his band was invited back for a second year.

“All the schools in the area know the importance Striders play in the role of our kids lives – I think it’s great that they are putting on an event like this,” Tuccio said. “It raises awareness for the things that they are doing, and it’s coupled with giving people a night of entertainment on top of it – I love it.”

Teachers, Preachers and Trent will perform a dozen cover songs during the event. The band’s repertoire features tunes from the 1960s through contemporary hits.

“We do novelty and classic rock songs with a lot of guitar solos, and our singers are fabulous – it’s good time rock ‘n’ roll,” Tuccio said.

Tickets to the Friday, March 7, event are $25 pre-sale, and $30 at the door. To order tickets, call 488-2203. The Crystal Ballroom is located at 110 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, visit chautauqua-striders.org.