In Tribe’s Hill, Montgomery County, soup makers and contributors helped raise nearly $760 to benefit the Montgomery County SPCA as part of the 13th annual soup cook-off at Loopie’s Irish Pub last month. Among those who made soups for the event were Dina Hennesey, Bethany Gessenger, Chantal Cooke, Melissa Clute, Joyce Rajkowski, Nate Snow, Claudia Bryant, Sandi McCaslin, Ashley King, Darryl Mycek, Shirley, Julie Weil and Meg Kaminski and Mary Lou “Loopie” Crane. Chantal Cooke took first place with An Italian sausage soup. Sandi McCaslin took second place for her New England clam chowder. And third place went to Nate Snow for his creamy basil tomato with meatballs soup. Judges for the 14 soups were Doug Landon, Lou Szasz and Nyle Nelson. Plans for the 14th annual cook-off are already in the works.
In Colonie, a local man with Nigerian heritage is giving back to children of Africa by donating proceeds from the sale of native clothing to build and equip schools. Uyi Omorogbe is the owner of the NaSo clothing brand, which sells African-inspired clothing that can be worn every day, Omorogbe started the company a couple of years ago while attending Colgate University. Upon visiting his father’s native Nigeria, he visited his father’s old primary school and noticed it had a hole in the roof and no desks, chairs, windows or bathrooms, making for a horrible learning environment. Inspired by the idea that one business can change the world, he donated money from his clothing line to rebuild the school, and he intends to build other schools across the continent in the future so that children will have the opportunity to learn and succeed. For information on his company and to purchase clothing from it, visit: https://shopnaso.com/.
In Hudson Falls, the owner of a Main Street dress shop and other donors from the community are helping local high school girls with their prom dresses by donating gowns and other accessories to students. Valerie Twiss, the owner of Valerie’s Too, closed her dress shop late last year, and afterward decided to donate her inventory of 87 dresses to Hudson Falls High School. Other people in the community also donated gowns and accessories, bringing the total number of outfits to more than 100. The clothing was transported to the school by members of the National Honor Society and the Student Council, and students were invited to pick out what they wanted for free at a recent “Say Yes to the Dress” event, The Post-Star reported. Because prom dresses and other formal wear is so expensive, many students can’t afford to buy or even rent them. The generosity of donors, volunteers and school officials made it possible for these students to attend the prom in style.
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