Phish donates over $100,000 to help local non-profits
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Last summer, flooding rolled through the region, impacting many things in the area. One of the biggest impacts it had was the cancellation of the Phish concert at Watkins Glen International due to contaminated drinking water.
"So that was a real economic blow to this area," said Community Foundation Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. president, Randi Hewit. "Especially some of our small businesses. They were planning on big crowds and big sales and they had ramped up their services. They were ready to be at maximum capacity and all of a sudden, they were at no customers."
So Phish, through their WaterWheel Foundation, donated over $100,000 to the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes to be split up among seven non-profits that served Schuyler County during the flood. Those non-profits include Arbor Housing and Development Foundation, American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes, Dundee Fire & Rescue team, Hector Flood Pantry, Humane Society of Schuyler County, Watkins Glen Fire Department and Valois, Logan and Hector Fire Departments. All 7 of the non-profits will receive about $15,000.
"So by giving this philanthropic money back to the organizations that responded to the flooding, and to our community, this allows them to rebuild their own infrastructure," said Hewit. "A big event like that, a natural disaster like that, it's not just a hit on our community's families, it's also a hit on the non profits that serve those families."
With the donation, officials with the Community Foundation say it's a sign of how special Phish thinks the area is.
"What it tells us is that Phish realizes how important this area is," said Hewit. "We love living here and we love working here. As the community foundation, we love serving this community. So when we hear of an organization like Phish and their foundation and seeing how important it is to give here, we're really proud of our area. We know we made an impact on them."