Gary Lewis and the Playboys' "Hearts Beat for Mendon" | Arts & Culture
At last year's sold out Hearts Beat for Mendon concert, ticket-holders contributed to the over $20,000 raised to help pay for Phase I of the new Mendon Public Library.
Honeoye Falls-area resident and national celebrity Gary Lewis will return to the annual show this year to once again help raise money for local education.
Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the band behind such hits as “This Diamond Ring,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her,” “Count Me In,” will headline the Feb. 9 benefit concert. Local Beatles cover band 8 Days A Week will open the show.
"Rochester really lacks a '60s music venue," said Deric West, chair of the library's capital campaign. "This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the iconic music that the '60s produced."
To date, more than $225,000 has been raised against a Phase I fundraising goal of $550,000, which would prevent any impact to taxpayers from two Town of Mendon bond anticipation notes. Private donors are slated to assume a majority of the project’s $3.8 million cost, which will include a Phase II program in the years to come.
West said Lewis' 1965 hit, "Count Me In," could stand as a theme for the benefit concert.
"Our community is a relatively small rural community," West said. "Whenever there's something to do, the people raise their hand and say 'count me in.' They share a passion for making the community a great place to live, and I think the library showcases that spirit."
Lewis shared West's sentiment in a phone interview shortly after returning to NY from touring this month.
"I love doing shows for the actual community that I live in," Lewis said. "Count us in to raise some money for Mendon library and education."