11 bands, 11 hours… all to support the local community. That was the goal of Peculiar Culinary Company in hosting their first Peculiar Music Festival. The event was to support the revitalization of Jefferson Park in Pittston, PA and they raised $3,600 for renovations in the Fred Demech Bldg!dustin_drevitch_4

Park, our foodie counterparts Whiskey Bacon and many other sponsors and vendors were on hand to help support the effort and make the day a success. We donated event photography and videography services for all the bands that performed. Peculiar got professional photos and videos of the event and the bands now have some great media to use to promote themselves. Everyone wins..yes, including us. Park likes to pick a few events a year to donate services to, for many reasons.

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The obvious is it helps raise our awareness and company profile. If the community sees us out and about supporting them, hopefully they will support us as a small business. Also, it offers a service that some can’t afford. To hire a media company to cover an 11 hour fundraiser would be counter productive. All the funds would go to cover the event and not the cause. This way the fundraiser (and in this case the bands) gets a professional media product to help support them.

The big one though, is we support and believe in giving back to our community. We’ve donated our services a few times over the last year, to groups we really felt were doing great work and the real payback is seeing the pride others take in the community and themselves. From editing videos for the 2013 class of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, to taping the 2012 NEPA BlogCon, we’ve seen that our local community really takes pride in itself and is capable of amazing things!

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Obviously we can’t donate our editing or event photography and videography services to everyone, but when we do, we do it to help support Wilkes-Barre and its surrounding communities. Each time, we’ve had a blast and look forward to partnering with other organization in the future. If you our your organization have some ideas, please feel free to contact us and we’ll see what we can do. Otherwise, take sometime to check out the pictures and amazing performances for the Peculiar Music Festival and keep an eye our for it next year!

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