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Get inked to help a man who has helped so many others

By Howard B. Owens


Four years ago Mark Fanara, whose Batavia tattoo business High Voltage had become very successful, thought he should do something to give back to the community that had nourished him his entire life, so he decided to hold a charity tattoo event and donate the proceeds to local community groups. The event was so popular and raised so much money for local charity that he decided to do it again the next year, and the next, and the next.

This year, Mark needs the community's help. Hospitalized with lymphomatoid granulomatosis, a rare cancer, the father of little two boys has only limited means to deal with his illness.

To help him out, two of his employees, Andrew London and Jeremy Fridman, are holding their own three-day event of tattoos and piercing to benefit Mark. The event is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 through Oct. 25. Customers can select from a specific set of designs for a small tattoo for $30. Piercings are $15. Proceeds benefit Mark Fanara.

High Voltage is located at 110 W. Main St., Batavia.

There will also be a spaghetti dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Alexander Fire Hall. Live music with Nix Vega starts at 6 p.m.

Local tattoo artist, small businessman needs your money and your prayers

By Billie Owens


The owner of High Voltage Tattoo is really sick and no longer able to work. He and his team of tattoo artists have held several charity events over the years to benefit worthy causes in our community. Now the table has turned, and Mark Fanara is the one in need.

The single father of two little boys has a rare lymphoma -- lymphomatoid granulomatosis (LYG). He is receiving chemotherapy and other medical care at the Wilmot Cancer Institute at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He has a wonderful team of doctors there and a great support system in and around Batavia.

Mark needs help from his friends and community to help with his increasing medical bills and daily living expenses.

You can make a donation to him online at gofundme. Search for Benefit for Mark Fanara.

Or you can make a personal check payable to Mark Fanara and put Benefit in the memo field.  

Checks can be mailed to:
High Voltage Tattoo
Benefit Mark Fanara
110 W. Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020

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