READING – The Board of Selectmen Tuesday night heartedly endorsed a proposal for a music festival in memory of RMHS graduate Jake Czuczwa, 24, who passed away in June, a victim of the opioid epidemic.
Organizers of the event Ryan McKee, RMHS ’09 and Patrick Beckman, RMHS ’11 made the presentation before the board revealing their plans for the October 29, event to be held at the baseball field on Symonds Way. They explained that Czuczwa was a music lover and the festival would be a tribute to his music and raise money for a scholarship in Jake’s name. Any additional funds would be donated to Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA) which is supporting the festival.
The substance free event will run from noon to 7 p.m. with ten bands performing which will include performances of music written by Jake and will include several speakers, booths and vendor tents. Thirty six volunteers will support the festival which has a permit from the town for 350 people to be on the field at any given time.
The organizers of the event told the Selectmen that had already exceeded their go fund me goal of the $3,000 they felt they needed to put on the festival and that Rotary and businesses have pledged $3,000 for the event.
The Selectmen endorsed the event and said they expected the festival would be successful beyond the organizers imagination. The tribute is free and open to the public.
In case of rain the event will be held Sunday, November 5th.