2012-11-24 / Community Life

Musician steps up to help ‘Sandy’ victims

A Coudersport musician and photographer used his twin skills for a pair of benefits to help victims of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.

Tim Walck has been working with the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, N.Y., to collect goods to be trucked to charitable distribution centers in New Jersey and Long Island, N.Y.

In cooperation with Olga’s Gallery, Cafe & Bistro in downtown Coudersport, Walck held a benefit photo shoot. For each item that was donated, he took a professional picture – in many cases, a holiday portrait – that could be downloaded free from a website. Print orders are also being taken, with proceeds being donated to Hurricane Sandy relief.

That evening, Walck traded his camera for a saxophone and returned to Olga’s for a gig with the Cool Jazz Trio. Price of admission was a donated good for hurricane victims or $5.00, all of which are being donated to the relief effort.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped,” Walck said. “We collected over $150 and a good amount of items. The church is continuing to help for as long as help is needed, so I will also be continuing to accept donations.”

Items that are needed include (new goods only) winter hats, gloves, diapers, underwear, sweat suits, socks, baby clothing, blankets, masks (N95 and P100 only) and baby formula. More information is available from Walck at 610-390-5246 or from Jim Byron at the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, at 607-727-6631.

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