Dutchess County community remembers late owner of popular venue The Chance

Community members in Poughkeepsie are remembering the late owner of popular venue The Chance as a "good guy" who was a father figure to many.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2021, 9:30 PM

Updated 1,033 days ago

Share:

Community members in Poughkeepsie are remembering the late owner of popular venue The Chance as a "good guy" who was a father figure to many.
Frank Pallett died on Aug. 11 at 51 years old.
According to an obituary, the business owner died at Vassar Brothers Medical Center after a brief illness.
"To me, Frank is like a father to all of us and it feels like we lost a father,” says Vinnie Csaszar.
"It’s just sad to know that he's not around,” says musician Keith Williams. "Frank was a good dude, he really was.”
Pallett owned the Dutchess County theater since the mid-1990s.
For many bands, The Chance was their first chance to break into the music scene.
"He always worked with you. Very laid back. Very cool…Handshake deals. Look each other in the eye. And you don't see that, ever,” says Williams.
Keith Williams, with Tool tribute band Schism, says they got their start on the venue's stage in the early 2000s.
Many community members say Pallet's venue went beyond an electrifying atmosphere.
"The Chance complex to me represents more than just music and more than just a venue. For me, it's been a family,” says Csaszar.
Csaszar began performing at the popular venue at age 15, thanks to Pallett.
"It feels like we lost a father. It's very emotional. It’s very hard for me to talk about because I wouldn't be the person I am if it weren't for that building and that man,” says Csaszar.
Pallett leaves behind a wife, two daughters and family and friends.
According to a statement released by The Chance, “Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by the interment in Fishkill Rural Cemetery.”


More from News 12
0:31
NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

2:32
Nice today but hot and more humid weather is on the way

Nice today but hot and more humid weather is on the way

0:23
News 12's Blaise Gomez voted Best of Hudson Valley magazine's 'Best News Anchor' for second year in a row

News 12's Blaise Gomez voted Best of Hudson Valley magazine's 'Best News Anchor' for second year in a row

0:46
Police seek help finding missing woman with autism in Hartsdale

Police seek help finding missing woman with autism in Hartsdale

1:21
Police: 2-year-old boy stuck by minivan seriously injured in Ramapo, 5th child struck this year

Police: 2-year-old boy stuck by minivan seriously injured in Ramapo, 5th child struck this year

1:10
Headlines: Murder suspect arrested, burglary arrest in Mamaroneck, drug and weapons charges in Newburgh

Headlines: Murder suspect arrested, burglary arrest in Mamaroneck, drug and weapons charges in Newburgh

0:30
Transit Alert: Bee-Line Bus service changes coming Monday

Transit Alert: Bee-Line Bus service changes coming Monday

0:17
Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in Mount Vernon building

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in Mount Vernon building

0:24
5th graders at Montgomery Elementary School ‘DARE Aware’ after fun kickball game

5th graders at Montgomery Elementary School ‘DARE Aware’ after fun kickball game

2:15
New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

0:37
Dog fight! Joey Chestnut out of July 4 hot dog eating contest due to deal with rival brand

Dog fight! Joey Chestnut out of July 4 hot dog eating contest due to deal with rival brand

2:28
India defeats USA in last Nassau Cricket World Cup match

India defeats USA in last Nassau Cricket World Cup match

1:28
Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

1:20
City of Yonkers adopts 2024-2025 budget that includes property tax increase

City of Yonkers adopts 2024-2025 budget that includes property tax increase

2:06
Kingston tenants call for rent freeze

Kingston tenants call for rent freeze

0:40
Prayer services set for teen who fell from 5-story building in Harrison

Prayer services set for teen who fell from 5-story building in Harrison

1:39
‘Welcome to Soccer County.’ Westchester SC to call Mount Vernon’s Memorial Field home next spring

‘Welcome to Soccer County.’ Westchester SC to call Mount Vernon’s Memorial Field home next spring

0:23
Mount Vernon teen arrested in connection to shooting

Mount Vernon teen arrested in connection to shooting

1:42
Democrats vying for 97th Assembly District seat map out priorities for Orangetown, Ramapo

Democrats vying for 97th Assembly District seat map out priorities for Orangetown, Ramapo

0:43
Bronx man arrested, accused of robbing home in Mamaroneck

Bronx man arrested, accused of robbing home in Mamaroneck