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Yorktown Oktoberfest Will Raise Money For Cancer

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The memory of three local residents will be celebrated this week when Murphy’s Restaurant hosts its second annual Oktoberfest to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit pancreatic cancer research group.

Rob Olmsted, Rose McTygue and Jack Murphy all have Yorktown ties and all died of pancreatic cancer, said organizer Ed Lachterman. Murphy was the father of council member Terrence Murphy, who opened Murphy’s Restaurant in his father’s memory.

The fundraiser will be at the restaurant from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $55 for adults, $20 for young adults between 16-20 and kids younger than 16 are admitted free.

“With this event, there will be music all day courtesy of Class Action. And we’ll have comedy from John Iavarone, who’s a local Yorktown resident,” Lachterman said. “These people actually donate their time. The band charges us nothing; John charges us nothing. They come in and they really put on a great, great performance.”

Lachterman said last year’s Oktoberfest brought in donations from more than 100 local businesses and he expects a similar turnout this year.

“We raised over $13,000 after the expenses were paid out,” Lachterman said. “One of the great things about that $13,000 going to the Lustgarten Foundation is that $13,000 got used for research.”

The Lustgarten Foundation is named after Marc Lustgarten, a former Cablevision executive, who died at the age of 52 from pancreatic cancer. Cablevision provides all administrative and fundraising expenses, allowing 100 percent of every dollar raised by donations, walks, and other events to go directly to research and program expenses.

“Being a Knicks and Ranger fan, I have a big problem with Cablevision and the Dolan family,” joked Lachterman. “But one thing they do great is the Lustgarten Foundation.”

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