Music event to benefit homeless animals
NICHOLS, N.Y. - A benefit concert for animals will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Railroad Station Bar & Grill located at 57 North Main St. in Nichols, N,Y. A wide variety of music has been lined up by exotic pet owner and local businessman John Delola, proprietor of Lawn Care with Flair. Proceeds will go to the Stray Haven Humane Society, All Miniature Pinscher Service rescue organization, and the ASPCA - specifically for 13 Doberman Pinschers rescued from an abusive owner in Conklin.
"I saw too much stuff on Facebook," Delola said, "and all the shelters needing money." All the pets and organizations trying to help them moved Delola to do something. Having some experience with concert promotion before he started his business, he returned to his love for music as a way to help animals. Three years ago Delola organized the first Shelter Slam, and was pleasantly surprised by the response.
This year's Shelter Slam 3 will feature Highline, Agony Hill, Rize of Binghamton, Recycled Zombies, Jimmi Jones and the Family Jewels, Romando, Bobby G. and the Timeless, Krooked Knuckles, Stray Haven (a local band), and the Push Rods with special guest Andre "Virus" Karkos. Music will range from 60s and 70s rock through cutting edge raukus rock from the Push Rods, putting on their first official show after recently reuniting.
"There's something for everyone," Delola said, "and it's an all-ages show. There will be a chicken barbecue and some vendors and there will be some pets there for adoption too. The bands all donate their time, most jump at the chance to help a good cause. Every band says it's the most fun time they've had." Delola added there will be 50/50 raffles and several local businesses have donated gift certificates and merchandise to help raise money for the cause.
Interest seems particularly high this year to Delola. "Usually 75 people say they're coming on Facebook and 200 show up. This year we're up to 200 people saying they are coming on Facebook and 3,500 invited. I think it's going to be packed." If Facebook activity is any indication, there will be a record turnout, with another two or three people indicating they were coming while Delola sat for a half-hour interview.
Delola helps out with many animal causes with his own time, including a primate rescue group in Syracuse which recently rescued a Capuchin monkey that was duct-taped inside a box and thrown in a dumpster by its owner. His work with animals has brought him into contact with Shorty Rossi from the Animal Planet show Pit Boss. Some photos signed by Rossi will be available to help raise money during Shelter Slam 3. Delola also cares for 20 exotic animals he shares his life with, including two coatimundi raccoons, a pot bellied pig and a large monitor lizard.
Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door or equal value in pet food. Delola said there is usually a pickup truck full of food - inside and out - collected at Shelter Slam. Advance tickets can be purchased at Stray Haven Humane Society located at 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly or at the Railroad Station in Nichols. People or business owners wishing to make donations of any kind can contact John Delola at (607) 372-8536 or email atJohnDelola@gmail.com. Returnable cans and bottles are also being accepted to help out local shelters.