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Lanterns fill the sky in Sauquoit as part of a fundraiser

By Nicole Pitt

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than 300 chinese lanterns were launched Sunday evening in the Sauquoit Town Park as part of a fundraiser for The Montgomery Experience.

As the sun set in Sauquoit dozens gathered to honor their loved ones. Some were honoring those who have passed, others were honoring friends or family members still here.

"I am honoring my beloved wife, Fran Majka, who passed away 7 and a half years ago," said Richard Majka.

"My grandmother and grandfather who have passed away in the last 5 years," said Ryan Misencik.

John Bord said "I'm doing it in memory of all the first responders that have fallen the last several years or more."

Christine Savicki was honoring her mother and her son. "I think it's a really nice way to celebrate people that you lost or people that you want to honor," said Savicki. "I think it's going to be a beautiful night."

Many covered their chinese lantern with a message. "In honor of Brody Majka Savicki. Our greatest gift, our greatest love, our inspiration and our hero. We will love you more than you will every know," Savecki read her message to her son out loud.

Shortly before dusk there was a quick demonstration and a few minutes later, the lanterns were launched. "This is just amazing," said Majka.

The idea for the launch was Mark Montgomery's. It's a fundraiser for his organization called The Montgomery Experience. "We are providing a lot of services in anticipation of our opening next year," said Montgomery. "Primarily our scope is for children sick with cancer and leukemia."

"Mark has done a great great thing here with this and other things in the community," said Ryan Misencik.

As the sky grew darker the crowd watched as the lanterns took on the appearance of stars.

The launch raised more than $2500 for the organization. Mark Montgomery hopes this will become an annual event.

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