Italian-American Festival in Kingston (Aired On October 5 & 6, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo and Anna Palazzo Brett
about the annual Italian-American Festival on the Strand Walkway at the
Roundout in Kingston, NY, also known as the Kingston Waterfront. Ulster
Country, like much of the Hudson Valley, has a rich Italian heritage, much of it
stemming from the skilled masons and quarry workers imported to build the
mansions and dams throughout the Valley. The Festival celebrates this with
emphasis on the foods and music that came to American from Italy along with
the workers. The event is free, but the Ulster Italian-American Society realizes a
profit from the many vendors of all kinds who rent space at the Festival and from
several local sponsors such as the Reis Group of insurance brokers. The money
raised goes to good causes such as the several scholarships awarded to local
students who have an Italian heritage.

Learn more:
Ulster Country Italian American Foundation: http://www.ucitalianamericanfoundation.org/
Kingston, NY, Waterfront: http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany: http://www.americanitalianmuseum.org/
Reis Group: https://www.reisinsurance.com/
Highland Rotary: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

35 th Annual Bike-A-Thon to Aid Library (Aired on Sept. 14 and 15, 2019)

This week’s guests on RadioRotary were from the Pleasant Valley Lions
Club—Fred De Wald and Pam Highbridge. Every year the Lions Club raises
money and improves the Town’s health with its annual Bike-A-Thon, a chance for
bikers of all ages to ride together on what has so far always been a beautiful fall
day. In 2019, the Lions devoted the occasion to the “Ride to Rebuild” the
Pleasant Valley Free Library, which suffered a devastating fire on Election Day
2018. Bikers could choose a 10-mile ride that has traffic eliminated, a ride with a
break at Terhune Orchard for free apples and cider and another treat—bananas
and water—back at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse. Or they can take a 25-mile
along regular roads. Sponsors of riders have a chance to win a discount on a
new bike or a child’s bike helmet. The Lions run several events each year,
including a “Breakfast with Santa” jointly with Pleasant Valley Rotary.

Learn more:
Bike-A-Thon: The Ride to Rebuild: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/2019/02/28/pv-bike-a-thon-the-ride-to-rebuild/
Pleasant Valley Lions Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pleasant valley lionsclub&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Lions Clubs International: https://lionsclubs.org/en
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Events, Quality of Life, Service Organizations  

FineHome Source Home SHow (Aired on Aug 31 and Sept 1, 2019)

For the past 12 years, Crisp Architects has presented the FineHome Source
Home Show in Millbrook, NY, every September, becoming bigger and better
each year. This RadioRotary interview with Millbrook Rotarian Jimmy Crisp, live
from a Rotary meeting, describes it all. The show features many artisans and
manufacturers displaying every possible artifact for enhancing, improving, or
creating an excellent living space. In addition, the show offers free samples of
local food and drink, demonstrations of blacksmithing, fly fishing, and other
crafts, including book signings by local authors and an antique auction. Parking is
free, and the small suggested donation per person goes entirely to paying for a
ShelterBox, the amazing tent and supply source that can house and provide for a
family of 10 for up to 6 months, deployed for disasters around the world; a
ShelterBox will be among the displays. The whole event takes place under and
around a large tent in front of the town bandshell on the main street in Millbrook.

Learn more:
FineHome Source Home Show: https://finehomesource.com/
Crisp Architects: http://www.crisparchitects.com/
ShelterBox: https://www.shelterboxusa.org
Rotary Club of Millbrook (NY): https://millbrookrotary.org/

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September 22, 2019 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Events, Quality of Life  

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