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Blue Country Roots band

The Blue Country Roots” will perform during the Saturday, Oct. 5 benefit for Second Chance’s Heading Home Center in Middlebury Township. Band members include: (from left) Jerry Calkins on bass, Jerry Gaye on Dobro and five-string banjo, Walt Bialkowski on fiddle and vocals; Diane Brownell on five-string banjo and vocals and Joe Brownell and Don Javert, both on rhythm guitar and vocals.

On Saturday, Oct, 5 at 12:30 p.m., Jerry Gaye of Osceola will host the sixth annual benefit for Second Chance shelter animals at the Knoxville VFW, Boatman Brook, Knoxville.

There will not be an admission or cover charge to attend.

The Blue Country Roots band, with six members from New York and Pennsylvania, will open the benefit performing country and bluegrass tunes.

The chance auction will begin at approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 5.

“We will have a wide selection of donated items from people who want to help and regional and local businesses including gift cards, jewelry, toys, clothing, dishes, bake ware, grills, tools, etc. Auction tickets will be available for people to place with the items they want to win,” Gaye said.

“People who attend can donate money to help Second Chance or bring a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies,” Gaye said.

Each year, Gaye’s benefit to help dogs and cats that need homes and are in shelters in Tioga County has grown in popularity. The first four benefits were held at Willie’s Bar & Grill in Osceola. Last year, to accommodate more people, it was held at the Knoxville VFW.

In 2014, Gaye was prompted into action upon learning about the death of Charlie, a dog found dead in January of that year in a locked plastic pet carrier in woods along Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township.

The money raised through the benefits Gaye organized in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was donated to Animal Care Sanctuary in Wellsboro.

The proceeds from the 2017 and 2018 benefits, as well as this year’s will be donated to the Heading Home Center operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer-based organization that was founded in 2001 in Tioga County.

“Second Chance will use the money to provide medical treatment for the animals in their shelter,” said Gaye.

For more information about the benefit and the chance auction, call the Knoxville VFW at 814-326-4321 or stop in at Blend’s Feed and Farm Supply 7788 PA-49, Osceola, or call 1-607-382-5448. Items for the chance auction can be dropped off at the Knoxville VFW or Blend’s Feed and Farm Supply.