Good times, good music, and good memories were made Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Honeybrook Golf Club and the Greenside Grill, 1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook as the music floated over the expansive views and lush green fields.
“It is a beautiful night for the fundraiser,” said Donna Horvath, Board Member of the Honey Brook Food Pantry and Golf Club co-owner with her brothers Tom and Ted Piersol.
After a warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to the music-goers on behalf of the Honey Brook Food Pantry board and volunteers, she opened the event on the green’s bandstand by introducing Kenneth R. Ross, Board Chairman.
“This year’s key theme is to join the community in support of the food needs of nearly 800 people in our community,” Ross said. “Music Fest is growing steadily each year and is an important part of our success as a food pantry. We thank this year’s crowd of 265 attendees. This is a 33 percent growth over last year.”
“To illustrate our growth and increasing needs, we have 150 new families this year, and larger families; our starting up Back Pack program has now expanded to 80 kids; and we now offer Healthy Cooking demos at every distribution,” he added.
“Examples of the community embracing the need to support our neighbors in need include some events that happened in the last week,” he continued, “Today I want to thank the Twin Valley Cup that played here at the Golf Club. That brought their 40 associates and fans to the club today and they generously made us a $250 donation and plan to return next year to partner with us again. Also, Heatherwood Retirement Community held a benefit dance for us Saturday, Aug. 19, A Night to Remember, and in addition, we received proceeds from the Honey Brook Community Library summer reading program that encourages food pantry collections.”
Lawn chairs were spreading out as people picked their spots and were settling in for a night of music. People were milling around getting their drinks and food with all the fixin’s, for their special ticket price.
“Gimmee the beat boys that frees my soul, I wanna get lost in your rock and roll, and drift away…” the crowd was ready.
As the bands and entertainers were warming up he concluded, “Of course, let me mention our friends the Honeybrook Golf Club, Tel Hai, Walmart, The American Legion, Lions Club, BBs Grocery Outlet, Blue Marsh Insurance, Knies Insurance Group and many local churches all are very large supporters as well.”
Then the Floats playing New and Classic Rock officially opened Music Fest followed by Morgantown’s Sam Schmidthuber, a Nashville recording artist. A Music Fest favorite, his country music included ballads and toe-tapping songs.
The Rosewood Trio, playing an eclectic mix of Folk, Rock and Blues, had the crowd singing along, clapping hands and dancing on the green,
Donna’s husband Peter Horvath was kept busy for the evening snapping candid photos of the bands, the guests and special moments especially capturing the moon shining over the crowd covered green.
Playing at dusk and into the night, The Larry Roney Band featured Rock and Roll and the music you grew up with, such as James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young and more.
John Herr, a local attendee said, “We had a wonderful time. Tasty food and good music for a great cause. I plan to bring more folks next year.”
Ross said at the end of the night, “The people loved the bands. There was lots of singing and dancing, and we gained at least four new volunteers filling critical needs such as development, pick-up and delivery, and heavy warehouse lifting.”
To get involved, call Ken Ross at 610-291-0067, or Donna Horvath at 610-633-9337. Find them at Goods Food Distribution Center, Door #8, 5064 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344. Visit www.honeybrookfoodpantry.org or www.honeybrookgolf.com.