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Show raises money for Humane Society

May 23, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Irene Jericho, lead vocalist for Cassandra Syndrome, performs Saturday at Odyssey Pewter and Gifts in Williamsport during a benefit concert for the Humane Society of Washington County.
Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT -- Carolee Bartel invited musicians to her shop on Saturday to raise money for cats, dogs and other creatures.

Bartel, who owns Odyssey Pewter & Gifts on East Potomac Street in Williamsport, said she has helped raise money for local causes before, but on a smaller scale.

Musicians performed throughout the day. In the evening, the headline band, Cassandra Syndrome, played in the yard behind the shop, drawing dozens of spectators.

A caricaturist also donated her time for the event.

Cassandra Syndrome, which plays what could be described as "operatic metal," has performed once before at the shop, Bartel said.

She said many of her customers have ferrets, lizards, cats or dogs, so it was natural to hold a benefit event for the Humane Society of Washington County.

People bought raffle tickets for prizes donated by Odyssey Pewter & Gifts, other local businesses and the town of Williamsport.

The prizes Bartel donated included amber jewelry, a gargoyle with a studded collar and tarot cards.

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Bartel said she thinks the event drew people who normally wouldn't attend fundraisers and she hopes to hold something similar every year.

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