Beltin' the Tunes to Benefit Children (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney

February 16, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The ground shaking sounds of bagpipes and drums return for another year, all to benefit a great local cause.

Friday marked the night of the annual Great Guinness Toast, said to be the largest simultaneous toast in the world.

But locally, the night takes on a whole different meaning.

"Whenever I hear bag pipe music I get kind of a chill," said Eric Lopez. "Music is a great way to raise funds because music goes right to people's hearts."

Members of Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums hit the road for a tour around 14 local bars to raise money and awareness for the Chester B. Lord Children's School in Riverside.

The school is an educational institute for children with disabilities.

"The organization we donate to is Chester B. Lord and the reason why we do it is because of all the budget cuts throughout the state and throughout the whole country," said Len Pasquale, Toast organizer. "It's just an opportunity for them to get some extra money and to buy books that they need and whatever else they need for the organization."

And just like it was received in the past, Friday's traveling event was once again a huge hit.

"Oh the music is fabulous," said Andrea Verrocchio, of Binghamton. "We are on the bus tonight with the bag pipers and they are phenomenal. They do a great job and we thank them."

And so do the children of Chester B. Lord Children's School.

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