Music to the Ears of Community Members

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM EDT

East Aurora, N.Y. (WKBW) - Katie Lanigan, 30, wants to see the world.

"I love traveling," Lanigan said.

She has been to Disney World, the Bahamas, Jamaica and more. Lanigan said she couldn't have seen the world if it wasn't for one special group.

"People and Places," Lanigan said.

Assistant Director of People and Places Inc. Michele Venezia said this program is important on so many levels.

"We are a not for profit that organizes trips for developmentally disabled adults, " Venezia said.

People and Places rely strictly on donations. This year, they received one of their biggest chunk of change yet from the East Aurora Music Festival. That event took place on June 8th.

"It's nice to have community involvement to advance the services that they can offer," Festival Founder Dena Calucci said.

The music fest raised about $10,000 for people and places and $10,000 for another non-profit, the Health Zone Ice rink in the Village.

"We bring to sports to the community through ice hockey roller hockey and floor hockey," Health Zone Director Deb Healy said.

She said the music festival brought in money and a whole lot more.

"The music festival not only brought awareness to the rink but it also brought lots and lots people to spend money here in restaurants and bars," Healy said.

Lanigan said with community support like this, she and others enrich their lives in many ways. She has one more destination at the top of her list.

"I really want to go to Scotland," Lanigan said.