Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group

Potsdam, NY


2015 - Two new events being hosted by Hankfest 

In 2015, the group plans two new events. First, a children’s Easter party on March 28th. The event will be geared toward children age 2-12. There will be fun activities, stories, treats, and a visit by Peter Cottontail.

Second, will be a celebration of Loretta Lynn’s Birthday on Saturday April 4 even though her birthday is April 14. This event for senior citizens will show the movie based on her life, will have water, coffee, and "honkie tonk" angel food cake, and will be held in the Village Community Room on Park Street. Both events are free for attendees.

“We have added these two community events to spread out into the community,” said Hankfest founder Gregory Bouchard. “I wanted to offer something for the future country fans and longtime lovers of country music.”

Of course our signature event, Hankfest, will be held on August 8, 2015. This is a milestone year for the event…our 10th anniversary. Details for the festival are being worked on, and we hope to have some special happenings to celebrate this milestone.

Anyone interested in assisting the volunteer members of the Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group, can contact Gregory Bouchard at 315-276-8375.

Condolences for Scott Dosztan

The Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group would like to express its sympathies to family and friends of Scott Dosztan.  He was a great friend to Hankfest and graciously emceed our event in 2008 which benefited the Potsdam Humane Society.  He will be missed but never forgotten. 

Photo:  Presentation of $700 proceeds from Hankfest to the Potsdam Public Library.

Left to Right:  Gregory Bouchard, Hankfest President Founder; Patricia Musante, Potsdam Library Director, and Sarah Sachs, Youth Services Librarian.

The Potsdam Charity Hankfest Group annually organizes a fun musical afternoon in Potsdam to raise funds for a local charity or organization.   On Saturday August 9th, many attended the 9th Annual Hankfest held in the Sandstoner Park pavilion near the Pine Street Arena and beach. 

The crowd enjoyed the music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, the Patsy Cline trivia, food provided by The Grub Tub, and the vendors.

The organizers and crowd loved the location, which was new to the event this year.  “We hope to continue to hold the event at Sandstoner Park in the future,” said Colleen Oshier the group’s music director.

“We wish to thank all 30 businesses that donated items for the door prizes,” said Hankfest founder Gregory Bouchard, “We also thank the great musicians that donated their talent to our event. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The proceeds of this year’s event went to the Potsdam Public Library. The event raised a record $700, the most raised to date by Hankfest.

“The Potsdam Library appreciates this donation, and will use the funds to purchase materials for the children section and toward replacing some of the worn out children’s furniture,” Library Director Patricia Musante announced when the checks were presented to her.

“Two monetary donations were made prior to the event from The Clarkson Inn and SeaComm Federal Credit Union totaling $200. The remainder we raised during Hankfest,” stated Mr. Bouchard.  

Charities We Have Supported

2014- Potsdam Public Library- Children's area

2013 - The American Red Cross

2012- The BirthPlace At CPH

2011- Boys and Girls Club Of Ogdensburg/ Helping Hands Of Potsdam

2010- The Warner Cancer Treatment Center, Potsdam

2009- Cerebral Palsy Association Of The North Country

2008- Potsdam Humane Sociaty

2007- Hospice Of The St.Lawrence Valley

2006- The American Red Cross