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Community Members Raise Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer's

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. -

The 3rd Annual Bernie Fest to benefit the Alzheimer's Association kicked off on Saturday, in Endicott at the Endwell Greens Golf Course. 

Beth and David Bunts, first began organizing this benefit a few years ago after Beth lost her mom to Alzheimer's in February 2015. 

"This is for my mom, what he's (David) done the last three years have been amazing, each year just gets bigger, and we have so much support from the community," said Beth. 

Beth and David said they started this benefit to give back, and that every penny raised goes to the Alzheimer's Association. However, David said he almost gave up after a hurricane hit not only the first year they organized the event, but the second year too. 

"After two hurricanes I was ready to say enough, everybody was like no your not giving up, were going to do it, but do it inside," said David. 

Both David and Beth have praised how so many of their friends, and members of the community have come out to support the event each year. 

"Being that there is no other benefit like this in the area for Alzheimer's everyone is on board, 100%," said David. 

David said he put 11 bands together this year, in the matter of 24 hours. He said he can't stress enough about the '607' music scene, that everyone is amazing and they all jumped on board to be apart of Saturday's benefit. 

To build awareness, raise money for the funds to find a cure... Our mission is to make Alzheimer's forget it ever existed. 

— Beth and David Bunts

Bernie Fest is a kid friendly environment with food, 50/50's, and basket raffles. The bands are set to play all day on Saturday, with the event wrapping up around midnight.