Polka benefit helps Trenton family devastated by fire

Hundreds gather to support a Trenton family who lost their home and farm in April fire.

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 11:17 PM
Updated: Jun 1, 2019 11:35 PM

UTICA, NY – A benefit was held Saturday for a local family who lost everything in a fire earlier this year.

The Synakowski family of Trenton lost their home and farm in a devastating fire that also claimed the life of 93-year-old Henry Synakowski.

Family and friends, along with complete strangers, showed up at the Polish Community Club on Columbia Street in Utica to help raise money for the family.

There was plenty of polish food, polka music, dancing, and raffle baskets.

Dave Sychtysz, who helped organize the event, said despite the tragedy, the family is still trying to live their lives.

“They still have to continue farming. Even with what they have at this point, they’re still doing some farming. At least as much as they can. I think their cows are out at other farms on borrowed areas. You can only do one thing at a time, and they’re still living with someone who is letting them borrow a home. So they really don’t have much of anything. It’s difficult.”

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