Manlius Bandz-A-Palooza to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of CNY

Are your kids crazy for Silly Bandz?

If yes, you're in luck -- and so is the Ronald McDonald House of CNY.

More than 75 kinds of bandz will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 17 during Bandz-A-Palooza in Manlius. These include hard-to-find designs like Bama Bandz and Rubba Bandz, as well as tie-dyed, glitter, glow-in-the-dark and UV-sensitive. Other event attractions include bounce houses, activities, games and a parents lounge.

New Dimensions, one of the largest northeast distributors of this most recent fad, is sponsoring the event to celebrate the upcoming opening of its new retail store, Dazzle, at 332 Fayette St. in Manlius.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will go toward the fund to build the new Ronald McDonald House of CNY, which serves families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries and need to be in close proximity to area hospitals.

"With Silly Bandz being so popular right now, we thought it was a great idea to have a Silly Bandz event for children that benefited a wonderful cause at the same time," said former RMHCNY president Paul Ross, whose wife, Lois, owns New Dimensions. "We are happy to be able to support the new, larger CNY Ronald McDonald House and an organization that helps keep families together during difficult times."

The cost to build the new house adjacent to its current location on East Genesee Street is $6 million. So far, $4 million has been raised. Construction will begin once the goal is obtained.

"We are confident that we will continue to raise money at a steady pace and we expect to see even more activity as the economy continues to pick up," said Rachel Vaughn, of Pinckey Hugo Group on behalf of RMHCNY. "In the past nine months, we've raised more than $1 million including donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. We have the fiduciary responsibility to be a good steward of our donors' dollars and not build our new house until we have raised the money required to complete the project."

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