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JOB FAIR Wednesday, September 17 SEE PAGE 8

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Candidates will discuss issues over Breakfast

Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 2 Member Spotlight - Queen City Bistro ............... 3 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 New Member Lunch ................................. 5 Upcoming Events .................................... 6 Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings ......................... 7 Member News........................................ 8 Small Business Institute .............................. 9 New Members...................................10-11 Ribbon Cutting Photos .........................12-13 The Chamber Foundation .....................14-15

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ncumbent State Senator Terry Gipson will answer questions from the business community alongside challenger and Dutchess County Legislator Sue Serino at the September Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, September 17 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Any specific questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance by e-mailing Howard Lynne, the Chamber’s Volunteer Government Liasion, at howard@dcrcoc. org. New York State Senator Terry Gipson is serving his first-term representing the 41st District, which includes Dutchess and Putnam counties. He claims his top priorities are reducing taxes and creating jobs in the Hudson Valley. Dutchess County Legislator Sue Serino is the owner/operator of Serino Realty and candidate for the 41st state Senate District. She states her core belief is that high taxes damage the economy and destroy jobs, drive business from

New York, and punish homeowners with an excessive tax burden. MidHudson Regional Hospital of Gipson We s t c h e s t e r Medical Center proudly sponsors the September Contact Breakfast. MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center brings together women and men dedicated to the healthcare needs of the people of the Hudson Valley. They demonstrate that as a diversified health care system, strength is rooted in an acute care foundation, their commitment to quality and excellence in all that they do,

and their belief that wise utilization of resources will the enable hospital to endure, serving generations to serino come. Learn more at midhudsonregionalhospital.org. The Chamber’s Ambassador Committee is continuing to collect canned and dry goods at all Contact Breakfasts to benefit Dutchess Outreach. Please deposit all donations in the marked boxes as you approach the registration tables at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Not-for-profit members from the Poughkeepsie Public Library

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shanah, note the special Tuesday date for this complimentary event. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP visit dcrcoc.org. Tompkins Mahopac Bank and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGo-

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Business After Hours event heads to Wappingers Falls ake advantage of a Business After Hours networking session on Tuesday, September 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Longobardi’s Restaurant (1574 Route 9, Wappingers Falls) and make some new connections. Because of Rosh Ha-

District and Walkway Over the Hudson will also be in attendance. Breakfast tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

vanni and Weddell, LLP proudly sponsor this event. Founded in 1927, Tompkins Mahopac Bank is a full-service, locally managed community bank with 15 branches serving Putnam, Westchester, and Dutchess counties in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Because their senior management is locally based, they have first-hand understanding of this community and a unique commitment to the vitality of its businesses and families – because they

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You can hire local first at Job Fair

Officers Ori Brachfeld, Chair ...............................................Dash Lock & Key Service Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair ...........................................The Grandview John Davies, 2nd Vice Chair ....................................................Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, Treasurer .....................................................................KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Secretary ................................................ Red Cap Cleaners Jill Sammon, Past Chair ................... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ...... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................... IBM Jennifer Dunn ...................State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi .................................................. Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................... McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander...... Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner ............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ..................................................Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer ................................................................Chazen Companies Patrick Moore...................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Scott Pawenski ............................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping ................................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman............................................................................. IES, Inc. Vincent Ricotta ........................................ Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Barry Rothfeld ...............................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Cathy Secor...................................................................................... TD Bank Jeffrey Senft................................................S & O Construction Services, Inc. Mike Spinelli..........................................................................The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl............................................................ Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell................ Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager .............................................................. Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ...........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore........................................................................ LCS Companies Chamber Staff Charles S. North ................................................................ President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar .................................................. Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson ............................................... Director of Member Services Geoff Brault .........................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ............................................. Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban ..............................................Vice President of Communications Dee Richter............................................................... Director of Membership Stephanie Seymour ..................................................... Director of Operations Angela Signor ..........................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ......................................................... Vice President of Events Howard Lynne ................................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin ....................... Vice President of Workforce Development Maryann McKenzie ............................................... Director of Youth Services Elizabeth Kwant .................................................Director of Step Up Program Jessica Vitolano ..................................................................RPI Case Manager Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Shawn Royster...................................................Career Action Center Mentor Youth One Stop Staff Matt Bettina....................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Jesse Crisalli ....................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Samantha Mitchell ..........................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright............................................ 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f you’re a small business owner like me, you know how good it feels to hire someone; to know that you’re providing him or her a way to take care of their family and make a difference in the Hudson Valley. The next time you have the occasion to hire, please remember to look toward our local community first. The Chamber is hosting its annual Work Local First Job Fair on Wednesday, September 17 at the Poughkeepsie Grand. If you’re looking for qualified local employees, visit dcrcoc.org/jobfair and sign up for a table. It’s free. This is one of the largest and most successful job fairs in the area, so you’re sure to find what you’re

Message froM the Chair:

Ori Brachfeld

looking for. If it’s not job fair season, you can post available employment opportunities online at dcrcoc. org. Just click on the ‘Employment’ tab in the main navigation menu and follow the instructions on the screen. This is another service provided by the Chamber at no cost to the community. Finally, while we’d like every-

one who wants a job to have a job, it’s especially important that we help unemployed veterans, people who have defended and served our country at home and abroad, in their time of need. The Chamber has a longstanding partnership with Hudson River Housing’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program that pairs local employers with out of work veterans. If you can provide a job for a veteran – construction, food service, anything – check out dcrcoc. org/HireAVet and fill out the form. A representative from Hudson River Housing will be in touch. Remember, thinking local first and hiring local first go hand in hand!

Small Business Partner of the Month

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess 1562 Rte 9 • Wappingers Falls, NY • (845) 297-2711 • fadsdutchess.com

Fred Astaire Dance studio is proud to offer the best of ballroom and Latin dance. They can provide private lessons, social dance parties and events and customized wedding dance programs. Learning to dance is just a few steps away. The Chamber’s small Business partner of the Month offers small businesses (12 employees or less) direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic and radio media. if you are interested in this program, please contact Myriah Anderson at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1004.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 31 • Number 9 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce website, www.dcrcoc.org, is developed by Design Intervention Studio. PK-0000192315


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he September Business Education Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23 from 3:30-5 p.m., immediately before the monthly Business After Hours networking event at Longobardi’s Restaurant, 1574 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls. The topic of the event is “Networking Unplugged.” It will be presented by Howard Gershman of Primerica and Susan Shier of Peace of Mind Assistants. People don’t do business with

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businesses. People do business with people. And more importantly, people they know, like, and trust. The best way to create and build quality relationships with real people is by meeting and talking face-to-face. But for some, the thought of walking into a room full of people they don’t know and striking up a conversation creates fear, anxiety and sweaty palms. At this hands-on workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate easy to use tools, strategies and techniques to create and maintain connections at events, mixers and even family functions. Attendees will then be encouraged to stay for the Business After Hours networking event with other Chamber members and guests. The Business Education Semi-

nar series is complimentary for members and costs just $10 for non-members, thanks to the sponsorship of Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP. The firm takes a different approach to the practice of law. While many clients want advice about classic legal issues, some clients require more. Some clients need an attorney who will take the time to fully research their case and to develop creative legal strategies that will protect their interests. They will tailor counsel to their clients’ immediate needs and long-term goals. Whether you want an aggressive lawyer skilled in the area of personal injury, family law, estate planning, real estate, business agreements, elder law, municipal and administrative law or general

litigation, you can count on Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP to represent you. As one of the largest law firms in Dutchess County, they have the available resources to handle any category of legal dispute. Above all, they will take the time to listen to your problems individu-

ally. The firm has offices at 1136 Route 9, Wappingers Falls and now in the lobby of the Poughkeepsie Journal building, and is also on the web at srddlaw.com To register for this event, please go to dcrcoc.org or call 845-4541700 ext. 1000.

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new restaurant is hoping to be one of the kings of the “Queen City” of the Hudson. Queen City Bistro, located at 206 Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, is an Americanstyle small plate restaurant that offers expertly crafted cuisine to be shared with friends, family, or that special someone. They emphasize “local” using local farmers, local purveyors and distributors, and they always partner with other local businesses. Owner Kevin Royster has partnered with his son, Adam, in this venture. Adam is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who grew up in Hyde Park and began his restaurant career at the age of 14. He soon discovered his love of cooking, and has spent time cook-


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id you know it’s an important election year? Continuing with this month’s Contact Breakfast, the Chamber will keep connecting you with those running for office in races that impact the Hudson Valley. Following the 18th District Congressional race between incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney and challenger Nan Hayworth that we focused on in August, this month we highlight the State Senate contest featuring incumbent Terry Gipson and challenger Sue Serino. If necessary, we’ll feature another important local election in October, too. If you’ve got a question you’d like answered at one of our forums, e-mail Howard Lynne, our Volunteer Government Liaison, at howard@dcrcoc.org. Making sure that Chamber members and the business community have direct access to candidates running for office and are able to get their specific questions answered is one of our highest priorities. I hope you all take advantage

of these breakfast forums as you form your opinions about who is best to represent us. As always, register early online at dcrcoc.org. After election season, you know you can count on your Chamber to work with all of our elected officials to promote business-friendly legislation and create a climate that not only helps existing business grow, but also attracts new commerce to our area. We’ve been out front on lobbying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rethink the misguided capacity zone legislation, getting the scaffold law and item pricing law repealed and a lot more. I always say that if you don’t vote, you can’t complain. So after you meet and question the candidates, don’t forget to actually go out and vote on November 4.

Sincerely,

Charles S. North President & CEO

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Connections hamber helps members get to know each other and develop professional relationships that can help with business and potential referrals. The next Chamber Connections event will be Tuesday, September 9 from 4-6 p.m., at Queen City Bistro, 206 Main Street in Poughkeepsie. There is no cost to attend, hors d’oeuvres are complimentary and a cash bar will be available.

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Chamber Connections is a speed-networking event that allows members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and your best elevator pitch. To reserve your spot, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 today, as this event is industry exclusive and strictly limited to 40 participants.

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fter a successful August event, the Women’s Leadership Alliance is hosting another in a series of events called Netgiving on Wednesday, September 3 at Hudson’s Ribs and Fish, 1099 Route 9 in Fishkill. The primary focus is offering

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ideas, suggestions, resources and/ or connections to fellow attendees. The event will be facilitated by author, entrepreneur and radio personality Keryl Pesce. The Hodgkins Agency proudly sponsors. After a brief general networking session before all guests arrive, attendees will gather into small groups. Each person will take a

turn sharing a general or specific challenge they need help with or goal they would like to achieve. Then they will receive advice, suggestions or offers to make connections from the group’s members. This event is complimentary to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, visit wlahv.org.

A Special Thank You To Our 2014 Corporate Sponsors LEADERS:

PARTNERS: Bonura Hospitality Group • COBESO, Inc. • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Hudson Valley Audio Visual • Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. • M&T Bank Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. • Zott Construction SUPPORTERS: EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Hudson Valley Renegades • LCS Companies Marshall & Sterling Insurance • McQuade Development • Meyer Contracting • N&S Supply Orange County Trust Company • Rhinebeck Bank • Riverside Bank • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP • TD Bank • TEG Federal Credit Union Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home • Ulster Savings Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni& Weddell LLP, CPAs MEDIA PARTNERS: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment • Fox Radio • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media COMMUNITY PARTNER: Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services


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Wednesday, September 3 WLA Netgiving Reception

5 - 7 p.m. Hudson’s Ribs and Fish 1099 Route 9 Fishkill

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This event focuses on offering ideas, suggestions, resources and/or connections. Everyone will take a turn sharing a challenge or goal they would like to achieve. Then they receive advice, suggestions or offers to make connections from the group. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available. Sponsored by: The Hodgkins Agency

4 - 6 p.m. Queen City Bistro 206 Main Street Poughkeepsie

Forty business representatives from non-competing categories will rotate through tables of four to make connections with all other attendees. To RSVP, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Complimentary hors d’ouevers and cash bar available. Sponsored by: Ulster Savings

Tuesday, September 16 Learn To Run Program 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Moriarty Physical Therapy 301 Manchester Rd, Suite 101 Poughkeepsie

Over 10 weeks, participants will progress from non-runners to being able to run for 20 minutes without stopping. The sessions take place from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Registration required. Sponsored by: Moriarty Physical Therapy

Supporting Partners: Banner Lifestyles - Shaklee, Attain True Health and Topical Biomedics.

Tuesday, September 16 Resume Critiquing

12 - 2 p.m. Chamber Offices 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie 33 Henry Street, Beacon Get ready for the Job Fair by having professionals review and critique your resume. Call 845-485-2660 ext. 3002 with questions. Sponsored by: Dutchess One Stop Career Center

Wednesday, September 17 Contact Breakfast

7:30 - 9 a.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

Featuring a candidate forum between New York State Sen. Terry Gipson and Sue Serino. Sponsored by: MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center

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Wednesday, September 17 Work Local First Job Fair

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Platinum Sponsor: Health Quest Seminar Sponsor: The Entrepreneur’s Source Media Partner: Poughkeepsie Journal Community Partner: Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services

Tuesday, September 23 Business Education Seminar 3:30 - 5 p.m. Longobardi’s Restaurant 1574 Route 9 Wappingers Falls

Attendees will participate in a workshop that will help them sharpen an elevator pitch and learn techniques on how to effectively network. All who attend are then asked to stay for Business After Hours and use what they learned while

networking at this event. Sponsored by: Stenger Roberts Davis & Diamond, LLP

Tuesday, September 23 Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Longobardi’s Restaurant 1574 Route 9 Wappingers Falls

Monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell and Tompkins Mahopac Bank

Wednesday, October 1 New Member Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie

Meet the Chamber staff along with other new members while enjoying lunch. Sponsored by: Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO) and Orange County Trust Company


RIBBON CUTTINGS

Friday, September 5 Hudson Valley Concierge Service

12 p.m. Chamber Office One Civic Center Plaza Suite 400, Poughkeepsie

Celebrate the two-year anniversary! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 6 Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival

11 a.m. Dutchess County Fair Grounds 6550 Spring Brook Avenue Rhinebeck Join us to kick off the 2014 Wine and Food Festival!

Wednesday, September 10 Carter-MGM Insurance Agency, LLC 12 p.m. 4 Commerce Street Poughkeepsie

51st Anniversary Celebration! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes a barbecue, dessert, free vehicle VIN etching for a potential 5% discount off your comprehensive coverages (reservations at 845454-1500), free quotes, and a raffle for a $50 Adams Fairacre Farms gift card.

Celebrate the first anniversary! Refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 12 Hudson Cruises 4 p.m. Shadows Marina 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

Celebrate the new 100ft cruise yacht Marika and the expansion of offerings to include dinner yacht cruises in the mid-Hudson River region.

Tuesday, September 16 Learn to Run Program 4 p.m. Moriarty Physical Therapy 301 Manchester Rd, Suite 101 Poughkeepsie

Kick-off for the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee’s Learn to Run program. You do not have to be a program participant to celebrate the kick-off. However, the program is limited to 50 participants and must be paid and registered in advance.

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Saturday, September 20 Vassar College Store

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11 a.m. 60 Raymond Avenue (Juliet building), Poughkeepsie

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Vassar College store and adjacent BurgerFi location!

Tuesday, September 30 Topical Biomedics

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Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the cat sanctuary, and meet some of the feline residents available for adoption. Refreshments will be served.

4 p.m. Chamber Beacon Offices 33 Henry Street Beacon

Friday, September 19 Strength for Life

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Wednesday, September 10 Helping Other People Everywhere

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MEMBER NEwSLINE Filomena Fanelli, a 16-year public relations industry veteran, announced that she has launched her own boutique firm, Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. (www.prwithimpact.com). Based in Poughkeepsie, the agency offers strategic public relations services designed to increase clients’ visibility among their target audiences, whether they are based in the Hudson Valley region, New York City or beyond. “In today’s incredibly compet-

itive marketplace, businesses both small and large can benefit from utilizing public relations tools -including press releases, articles, media outreach, speaking engagements and thoughtfully crafted copy -- to raise their profiles,” said Fanelli. The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is pleased announce the hiring of George Turner as Landscape Architect/Project Manager in our Capital District office. Turner will lead project design teams and manage projects from schematic designs through construction administration. Prior to returning to Chazen, Turner worked for M.J. Engineer-

ing in Clifton Park and Fuss and O’Neill of New York in Albany. Mannino Electric has announced the completion of a 49.5-kilowatt solar power system at the Digestive Disease Center (DDC) located at 400 Westage Business Center Drive in Fishkill. DDC will purchase electricity generated by the panels at a discount to the rate from Central Hudson, making the decision to go solar both economically and environmentally beneficial. Bob Mannino, CEO of Mannino Electric emphasizes, “This is a great deal for local businesses. It saves money, creates jobs, and helps to protect our environment. Our hope is that commercial buildings throughout the Hudson Valley will realize that solar energy is a low-cost alternative to

rising electricity prices.” For more on Mannino Electric and the services they offer please visit manninoelectric.com or call 845-452-3520. On Friday, September 19, 50 teams of two will gather to compete at four different games of skill, including: Bocce, Kanjam, Beanbag Toss and more at the annual Grace Smith House Afternoon of Champions! The winning team will be crowned “champion” and have their names permanently engraved on the trophy! Team names & costumes are strongly recommended. To learn more, visit GraceSmithHouse.org. Hudson Valley Magazine’s recent Second Annual Burger & Beer Bash included local restaurants

grilling up signature sliders for the chance to be named “best burger”. Taking the title for number one burger, as voted by guests, was Mill House Brewing Company of Poughkeepsie, Whistling Whillies of Cold Spring came in second and Cosimos of Poughkeepsie, took third place. Hudson Valley Magazine partnered with The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley for the event, raising $4,825. Camerata Chorale will be holding Auditions for their 201415 Season on September 16 and 23 starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. Those auditioning should remain for rehearsal. For info call 845-943-8962; visit online at www.camerata-chorale.org.

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JOB FAIR WEDNESDAy, SEpTEMBER 17

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center SeminarS • reSume critiquing Job coaching • meet employerS complimentary for exhibitorS and job seekers eVenT sponsor:

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Sponsored by: Dutchess One Stop Career Center

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To register and for more info visit www.dutchessonestop.org or call (845) 485-2660 x3002.

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Learn to Run: the road to freedom by toni banner executive Coordinator, shaklee Corporation

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e met at the pavilion by the antique caboose on the rail trail every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for 10 weeks, rain or shine. My husband and I were nervous yet excited about the possibility of actually running for the first time since high school, many decades ago. On Day one we walked for two minutes and ran for one. It sounds so much easier than it actually was at the time. We stayed in the back of the pack and were surprised we could chat and run at the same time. Over time we started to run more than walk. One of the best parts was the health benefits: after completing the program we trained for three half-marathons, lost a combined total of 120 pounds, were able to stop taking all medication for blood pressure and cholesterol … and we felt better than ever! We now have freedom from the extra weight, pain and ex-

haustion. Exercise essential is for optimal and health, power walking, jogging and running is so great on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The Chamber’s Health and Wellness Club invites you to join us on your own journey for a better tomorrow. The Learn to Run Program begins on Tuesday, September 16, and we will meet each week through November 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Moriarty Physical Therapy on Route 55 in Pough-

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Get the tools to start your business Resources and instruction will be provided by the Small Business Development Center of New York, SCORE, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and various Chamber members who are experts in their fields including Renee Bulla of Momentum Advertising and Michelle Barone of Think Social First. Weekly sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the

Poughkeepsie Galleria beginning October 2, with the exception of Wednesday, Oct. 22. The cost for the entire program is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. The Small Business Institute is sponsored by Community Capital New York and Cindy M. Smith, CPA. To register for the entire sixweek program, please call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Cancellations after Sept. 26 will not be refunded.

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breweries, signature cocktails from Dutch’s Spirits and fine chocolates from Oliver Kita. You can then stroll out to the Walkway’s West Overlook and enjoy live music and a stunning fireworks display. Honorary Chairs Robert R. Dyson and Lucy R. Waletzky will be in attendance as Walkway Over the Hudson acknowledges Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for their unwavering commitment and support of the Walkway. Walkway is grateful for the support of visionaries who share the dream of fulfilling the promise of the Walkway. For event information, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit walkway.org or call 845454-9649. All proceeds from the event benefit the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

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aPartMeNts & reNtal ProPerty

Mountain Brook Apartments

134 Innis Avenue Apt. A3 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 452-3450/ Fax: (845) 452-2464 Email: mountainbrookapts@ kamsoncorp.com Web: www.kamson.net Contact: Renee Redner 288 unit apartment community featuring one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Community is also pet friendly and has a pool and fitness center.

attorNeys & legal serviCes Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC

703 Route 9, Suite 5 Fishkill, NY (845) 231-1403 Email: cmmr@cmmrlegal.com Web: www.cmmrlegal.com Contact: Kathy Walsh General practice law office.

violence, reach conflict resolution, and build links between students, educators, parents, and law enforcement.

fiNaNCial serviCes

deNtists – geNeral

599 Hartsdale Avenue White Plains, NY 10607 (914) 539-2052/ Fax: (914) 761-6434 Email: georgecutrone@gmail.com Contact: George Cutrone Financial services and brokerage firm.

Taconic Dental

1557 Route 82, Suite 8 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 243-2300/ Fax: (845) 243-2049 Email: taconicdental@gmail. com Website: http://www. taconicdental.com Contact: Erin Prunty General dentist performing all phases of dentistry including cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals and extractions for children and adults.

eNgiNeeriNg aNd/or surveyiNg serviCes Creighton Manning Engineering

40 Garden Street, Suite 205 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 485-9866/ Fax: (845) 485-9867 beauty saloNs, Email: sjohnston@cmellp.com serviCes & suPPlies Web: http://www.cmellp.com Contact: Shelly Johnston Luxe Salon & Spa A diverse civil engineering 30 Lagrange Avenue firm providing expertise in Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 site design, transportation (845) 473-2880 engineering including highway Email: luxesalon14@gmail.com design, bridge design, and Contact: Joanna Taylor traffic engineering, land Full service salon and spa surveying, and construction offering hair and skin care, inspection. waxing, makeup, bridal, and barbering. eveNt/ weddiNg

CoMMuNity based serviCe orgaNizatioN Breaking the Cycle

10 Hellbrook Lane Ulster Park, NY 12487 (845) 339-6680 Email: hbarth@ breakingthecycle.com Website: http://www. breakingthecycle.com Contact: Heinrich Barth Hosts assemblies in middle and high schools to counteract

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Classic Tent Rentals, Inc.

David Lerner Associates (Cutrone)

health & wellNess

Fidelis Care is the New York State Catholic Health Plan, providing quality, affordable, New York State sponsored health insurance coverage for people of all ages and at all stages of life. Fidelis Care offers free or low-cost comprehensive health insuranc

hoMe deCor Marigold Home of Rhinebeck, Inc.

labor uNioNs Local Union 21

1024 McKinley Street Peekskill, NY 10566 (914) 737-2166 Email: rdiazx21@gmail.com Web: www.localunion21.com Contact: Ron Diaz Plumbing, steamfitting, and service technicians union.

MarketiNg serviCes

427 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 440-7458 Email: evey@nuspecies.com Web: www.nuspecies.com Contact: Evey Trautman

6815 Route 9 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 516-4443 Email: lindsey@marigold-home.com Web: www.marigold-home.com Contact: Lindsey Webster A Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Gallery and custom drapery location.

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132 Sunrise Avenue Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 417-1976 Email: tony@bellycard.com Web: www.bellycard.com Contact: Tony Pumilia iPad-based rewards and social media marketing.

hotels & Motels

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5 Caywood Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 656-0408 Email: lauren_advocare@ hotmail.com Web: http://www.advocare. com/14052727 Contact: Lauren Dean

health Care serviCes Patient Advocate Associates

354 Round Lake Road Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 249-1493 Email: marylou@ patientadvocateassociate.com Contact: Marylou Kandur We liaise between patients and the health care industry from providers to facilities to insurance companies and everything in between.

735 South Street Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 561-8082/ Fax: (831) health iNsuraNCe PlaNs 301-9129 Email: info@tentevents.com Fidelis Care Web: www.tentevents.com 25 Market Street, Suite 101 Contact: Craig McCoy Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Complete party and event rental (888) 343-3547/ services and equipment. Fax: (845) 483-1296 Email: cgarofol@fideliscare.org Web: www.fideliscare.org Contact: Carl Garofolo, Jr.

Belly, Inc.

14 Schuyler Blvd. Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 896-5210/ Fax: (845) 896-9689 Email: dpolmateer@dhmhotels.com Web: www.hawthorn.com/hotels/ new-york/fishkill/hawthornsuites-by-wyndham-fishkillpoughkeepsie/hotel-overview Contact: Laila Battista Extended stay hotel suites with extension entrances, fully equipped kitchens, and pullout sofas. Complimentary hot breakfasts.

1018 Main Street, Suite 443 Fishkill, NY 12524 (866) 838-9096 Email: ron.davis@hvmbs.com Web: www.hvmbs.com Contact: Ron Davis Offers the most comprehensive tool box in the industry for the revenue cycle. We offer solutions for every aspect of practice management for cash flow optimization.

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The Frosty Noggin

20 Charles Colman Blvd Pawling, NY 12564 (845) 289-0004/ Fax: (845) 855-1100 Email: thefrostynoggin@ yahoo.com Contact: Robert Lieb The only all-natural smoothie and frozen yogurt, gelato and sorbet shoppe. Products contain live probiotic cultures for improved digestion and nutrition. Also offering a private event room for birthday parties and other events.

PubliC relatioNs 35 Raker Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 462-4979 Email: filomena@prwith impact.com Web: www.prwithimpact.com Contact: Filomena Fanellli A boutique public relations agency that develops and implements strategic programs to increase its clients’ visibility to their target audiences.


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Caesars New York

500 Route 32 Highland Mills, NY 10930 (845) 827-6477 Email: dlondo@harrahs.com Web: www.caesarsny.com Contact: Darold Londo Casino

restauraNts Hudson Valley Foodsmith

1649 East Main Street Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 275-5198 Email: hvfoodsmith@gmail.com Web: www.hvfoodsmith.com Contact: Ian Smith A 19-seat cafe serving breakfast and lunch. A “clean eating” establishment, which means we don’t use foods with additives or preservatives. Comfort food you can feel good about.

Madison’s Pizza

17 North Avenue PO Box 1167 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 (845) 635-9500/ Fax: (845) 635-9499 Email: madisonspizza17@ gmail.com

Web: www.madisonspizza cafe.com Contact: Jason Kiggins Restaurant, pizza, sit-down or take-out, delivery and catering.

retail Dutchess Marketplace

461 Route 9 Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 820-3901 Email: dutchessmarketplace@ gmail.com Web: www. dutchessmarketplace.com Contact: Bill Sabia Indoor/outdoor flea market.

sPeCialty foods The Blue Olive

26 Charles Colman Blvd. Pawling, NY (845) 289-0097 Email: bethc@theblueoliveshop.com Web: www.theblueoliveshop.com Contact: Elizabeth Canevari Features numerous styles and flavors of extra virgin olive oils as well as ultra-premium (UP labeled) varietal oils. Also carries specialty and balsamic vinegars and handmade olive oil-based soaps.

sPorts & reCreatioN Army Athletics

Michie Stadium, Suite 214 West Point, NY 10996 (845) 446-2075 Email: joe@armyfrmc.com Web: www.goarmysports.com Contact: Joe Begendorf We support the cadet athletes of the United States Military Academy with marketing efforts, ticket sales, and annual fund donations.

writer - busiNess, graNt & other Choice Words Grant Writing & Public Relations

126 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 234-8713 Email: sdensmore@ choicewordspr.com Web: www.choicewordspr.com Contact: Steve Densmore Specializes in grant writing, public relations, and communications consulting for nonprofits, municipalities, and businesses throughout the Hudson Valley.

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ecuring capital and the best vate equity firms, venture capitalfinancing terms for a busi- ists or angel investors. This type ness acquisition scenario of financing is most common for can be a daunting task. The type companies with greater than 10 of funding that the project neces- million dollars in revenue and the sitates is often determined by the investors are typically looking for structure of the company that is a 25% rate of return. being acquired, the management Family financing – Buyers use experience of the purchaser(s), a combination of personal assets the valuation of assets, historic and loans or gifts from family and cash flow, perceived market risk, friends to finance the acquisition. business growth plans… and the Bank financing – It is imlist goes on. These characteris- portant to seek out a financial tics will determine which capital institution that is a designated sources and financing structures a preferred lender to the Small are the most appropriate. Al- Business Administration. This inthough there are many emerging dicates that the bank is an experitypes of financenced SBA lender Sponsored by: ing becoming and will treat your available each loan with the exyear from varipertise that it deous sources, serves. the four main An SBA prelender, ferred types of acquiKeyBank prosition financvides investment ing are: Seller financing – In a com- management, retail and completely seller financed transac- mercial banking, consumer fition, typically the buyer makes nance, and investment products a down payment and the seller and services to individuals and carries a promissory note for the companies throughout the Hudbalance with the business assets son Valley. For more information visit www.key.com or call providing the primary collateral. Equity financing – Typically Fred Swint, Vice President/SBA the buyer seeks equity from pri- Specialist at 845-483-3031.

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ummer vacation is usually a time to relax, hang out with your friends and tackle the summer reading list that your school handed out. Not this year. Not for 18 youth in our Summer Youth Employment Program. Why would 18 youths sign on to be childcare workers at a local gym, work the front desk at a dance studio or learn graphic design at a digital creative agency? Zahara, a youth in our program, told me, “I learned how to operate a copy machine, but more im- Dutchess County portantly I learned to pay attention to what I say and how I Dutchess County Regional say it.” She went on Chamber of Commerce

to tell me that she realized that her friends knew what she meant when she was joking with them, but that her communication style did not always translate well at work. Zahara is off to college, and she said that she looks forward to going back and seeing her employer on breaks. It is not just the youth who win here. You’ve heard of a win-win situation? Well this is an excellent example in action. Our youth learn

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important skills, are valued members of a team and earn a paycheck. Our Chamber members gain a part-time employee for the summer and are able to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next. For example, taking pride in your work, managing your time and getting along with co-workers. Cecilia Cook from Smart Staffing Group said, “Our assigned youth completed the tasks we gave her, had a good attitude and was very professional.” When I asked if she would participate next year, she said “definitely!” I would like to thank the local businesses, non-profit and government agencies who participated this year for putting in the extra time and effort in providing a positive work experience for our youth: Crunch Fitness, Fairview Fire Dis-

trict, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess, The Grandview, Hackett Hill Day Camp, Mark & Phil, Red Cap Cleaners, Salvation Army, Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Smart Staffing Group.

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RIBBON CUTTINGS Dutchess Stadium Turf Field Unveiling

Ice House Mural

The Chamber was happy to officially open the Hudson Valley Renegades’ new turf field at Dutchess Stadium with a ribbon cutting on Opening Night.

The Chamber was proud to help unveil a new mural on the side of the Poughkeepsie Ice House, produced by local artist Franc Palaia.

Once Upon A Child Grand Opening

MD Imaging 10-Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Once Upon A Child, now officially open at 1572 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls.

Congratulations to MD Imaging on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, celebrating 10 years in business!

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Grand Opening

Zounds Hearing Grand Opening

Congratulations to Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess on their Grand Opening ribbon cutting. Visit them at 1562 Route 9 in Wappingers.

Congratulations to Zounds Hearing of Dutchess on its official Grand Opening ribbon cutting. Check them out at 1289 Route 9 Wappingers Falls.


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Is A Burger Grand Opening

Congratulations to Think Social First on one year in business! If you could use a marketing boost, check out www.thinksocialfirst.com.

Congratulations to Is A Burger in Pawling on its Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting! Check them out at 6 Broad Street.

Crossroads wine and Spirit Grand Opening

Bob’s Discount Furniture Five-Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Crossroads Wine and Spirit, now open at 738 Route 9 in Fishkill in the ShopRite Plaza!

Congratulations to Bob’s Discount Furniture, located in The Shoppes at South Hills just off Route 9, on their five-year anniversary! The store made a generous $1,000 donation to The Chamber Foundation, Inc. to mark the occasion.

Hudson Valley Honor Flight

Route 9 Discount Beverages Grand Opening

The Chamber was pleased to cut a ribbon for Hudson Valley Honor Flight, a terrific local organization that brings area veterans to Washington D.C. at no cost. Learn more at www.hvhonorflight.com.

Under new ownership and newly remodeled, Route 9 Discount Beverages is now open at 1890 South Road in Poughkeepsie!


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s summer comes to an end, The Chamber Foundation is excited to welcome in September! This time of the year is an exciting one for us as our signature leadership programs kick off and our fall scholarship opportunities open up.

Youth Leadership

The Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program is proud this year to partner with Marist College as our host location for each of the monthly sessions. This partnership will not only give the program a prestigious home, but it will also allow each of our students the opportunity to be on a college campus, providing them an experience that they may not be able to gain anywhere else. With a class of nearly 100 students, enrollment for this year’s Youth Leadership Program exceeded all expectations. A twoyear program, this is the largest class to date under the new model. Through their Youth Leadership

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journey, students will learn about company leadership by participating in Junior Achievement, gain job-readiness skills, prepare for college or technical training, intern in local businesses of interest, and much more. Students will also hear from local industry leaders on a variety of topics relating to leadership and well-being. September will kick off with a combined presentation, “Leading with Leadership.” Our presenters will be Charlie North, President and CEO of The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Frank Castella, Jr., the incoming President and CEO of the Chamber; and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers Bill francis, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Vice-chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLp stephen e. Diamond, Of counsel . . stenger, roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLp DirecTOrs Amy Dittmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & electric Corp. Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John e. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest Peter Maher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson subaru carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit union Greer rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde park Central school District charles “chip” simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, inc. skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman success resources, inc. fOunDATiOn sTAff charles s. north . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . president Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice president nicholas shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .executive Director

The Chamber Foundation begins accepting applications on September 1 for our fall Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial and the ATHENA Adult scholarships. The Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley who is pursuing a career at the Culinary Institute of America. Students must be accepted (or currently enrolled) at the CIA and planning to enroll within the next six months. The ATHENA Adult Scholarship is available to any female who lives, works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has been out of high school for at least five years, and is pursuing education at an accredited Mid-Hudson Valley college, university or trade school or through an accredited online educational program while maintaining residency in Dutchess County. All applications are due by Friday, October 3. Applications must be submitted online and can be found by visiting chamberfdn. org. If you know someone who might be eligible, please encourage them to apply! Awards will be presented this fall. Help spread the word of the great work of The Chamber Foundation. Want to get involved? Contact me at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026 to learn how to participate.

Leadership Dutchess Class of 2015 announced

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he Chamber Foundation is proud to introduce the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2015! After applying to the program and going through an interview process, these individuals were hand-selected to be a part of our 26th Leadership Dutchess class. This class represents a mix of backgrounds both professionally and personally, and each individual will add a unique element to create a dynamic class. Together they will not only learn the program curriculum, but they will also teach each other valuable lessons. We have an exciting nine months in store and cannot wait for the journey to begin. If you see one of these individuals, congratulate them and wish them good luck in this spectacular leadership experience!

Class of 2015

Raldy Acosta, Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley Rebecca Adams, Adams Fairacre Farms Angel Aguilar, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. Jerry Amato, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Daniel Arnoff, Arnoff Moving & Storage, Inc. Dennis Barhydt, Clancy Relocation and Logistics Captain Timothy Bauer, NYAir National Guard Jennifer Becker, Marist College Kelly Boccard, Health Quest Brooke Bosch, New Horizons Resources, Inc. Michelle Byrne, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Jeanine Byrnes, Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. William Cochran, Sedore & Company, CPAs, P.C. Christopher Daley, Rhinebeck Bank Kelly Davis, Dyson Racing Team, Inc. Fortunatina Graziano, Law Enforcement Officer Byron Hildenbrand, Anderson Center For Autism Sean Kammerer, Hudson Valley Renegades Inga McKay, Ramapo for Children

ATHENA Leadership Luncheon Featuring Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Facebook

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Danielle Mitchell, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Andrea Morse, Tompkins Mahopac Bank Asher pacht, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Danielle Schuka, American Cancer Society of the Hudson Valley Angela Signor, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Shoshanna Speyer, KeyBank CJ Tomaskovic, First Niagara Roy Wilkins, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Teresa Williams, Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency, LLC Lana Williams-Scott, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley


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reverse drawing for a 2014 HarleyDavidson motorcycle from Woodstock Harley-Davidson. Only 100 chances were sold and every reverse drawing ticket holder won a

prize. Anticipation built as Charlie “Hound Dog” North and Denise “Snake Eyes” VanBuren pulled the numbers until the final two were left. Michael Cavaliere and Maureen Kangas then opted to split $8,000 in cash! Thank you to our sponsors, prize donors, Twisted Gala committee and attendees for making the event a success.

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