Suffern Winter Festival raises money for small businesses in need
The community of Suffern showed their generosity Saturday as they came together to help several small businesses in need during their annual winter festival fundraiser.
Last month, a five-alarm fire tore down a strip of shops in Suffern. The outcome saw those business owners lose nearly everything. Cynthia Gray was one of them.
"It's devastating for the community,” said Gray. “We had loyal customers who are at a loss for where to go for healthy food. We were a healthy food cafe."
The fire started just after 6 a.m. on Jan. 12 at a business at 83 Lafayette Ave. By the time the smoke had cleared, two businesses were totally destroyed and several others were left with smoke and water damage.
"We just want to show community support, raise some money, said Suffern Mayor Michael Curley. “Whatever we raise, we're going to divide it up equally amongst every business in there."
The future is still unknown for Gray’s Cafe, but she is keeping hope.
"We're going to try, we're still trying to make it happen again," she said.