Angels of Light for the Holidays (Aired On December 1 & 2, 2018)

The guest on RadioRotary for this program is Lori Decker, who with her husband
George formed Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley about 15 years ago when
they learned of a family that was dealing with a young very ill daughter—and the
busy holiday season was at hand. The Deckers took over providing presents and
other help for the family, a practice that became the origin of a charity that does
the same throughout the Hudson Valley for families who have a child with a life-
threatening illness. Although Angels of Light is based in Millbrook, NY, many of
the families are residents of Ronald MacDonald House in Valhalla, NY, or have
children being treated at nearby Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Volunteers
often donate presents for children or the charity provides them. Other volunteers
wrap and deliver the gifts to the families. Many gifts are donated through “giving
trees,” found in local businesses throughout the area. Funds for the 501(c)3
charity are also raised at events, such as a holiday brunch at Monte’s Local
Kitchen in Amenia, NY.

Learn more:
Angels of Light of the Hudson Valley: http://www.angelsoflighthudsonvalley.org/
Facebook: Angles of Light: https://www.facebook.com/angelsoflighthudsonvalley/
Ronald MacDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley: https://rmh-ghv.org/
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: https://www.mariafarerichildrens.org/
Monte’s Local Kitchen and Tap Room: https://www.monteskitchen.com/

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Hearts, Dreams, and Laughs (Aired On October 20 & 21, 2018)

Nick Constantino (Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club) and Alexandra Duenas,
president of Clarkstown Sunrise, are two of the Rotarians working in partnership
with the Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary to help terminally ill children in and
around Neiva, Colombia. The project is called “Hearts, Dreams and Laughs,”
because it mostly consists of hiring professional clowns and other entertainers to
bring some smiles to the nearly 200 children in hospitals in and around Nieva
who will probably live the rest of their young lives in the hospitals. Clarkston
Sunrise hopes to raise enough money to fund the project for a year. Both Nick
and Alexandria are also suitcases filled with toys, including Beanie Babies
supplied by Spring Valley Rotary, as they visit the hospitals. The project is Rotary
all the way, since Clarkston Sunrise learned of it from Alexandra’s cousin, who is
in president of Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary—and you can learn more about it
by listening to the interview with Past District Governor Nick Constantino on
RadioRotary—and learn a little about Nick as well.

Learn more:
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary Club: http://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=clarkstown sunrise rotary
Spring Valley Rotary Club: http://www.springvalleyrotaryny.org/

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Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance (Aired On October 6 & 7, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Zach Kirchner of the Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance,
an organization that bridges the gap between serving the nation and services
available to veterans. Since 2016 the volunteers of the Veterans Alliance have
connected veterans with housing, mental health assistance, physical health
needs, financial aid, and other useful services. The volunteers themselves have
come together to provide assistance on such tasks as installing water heaters or
septic tanks. All of their services are free to veterans of any US war or their
families. Veterans often have a difficult time making the transition to civilian life or
may have special problems resulting from exposure to toxic agents or enemy fire
during their service, so they may need the extra help the Veterans Alliance
provides.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance: https://www.hudsonvalleyveteransalliance.org/
Vet2Vet of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/programs-for-veterans/
My Brother Vinny: https://www.mybrothervinny.org/index.html
Dutchess Country Division of Veterans Services: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/VeteransAffairs/VAindex.htm
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System: https://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/
Hudson River Housing: http://hudsonriverhousing.org/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Financial Aid, Housing Assistance, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

Ulster Italian-American Festival (Aired On September 29 & 30, 2018)

The Hudson Valley has a rich heritage of Italian immigration, making Putnam,
Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, and Rockland counties among those with the highest
percentages of Italian-Americans in the entire nation. The annual Italian-
American Festival on the Kingston Waterfront celebrates this heritage with food,
music, and Italian-American-themed products—free admission and free parking.
It is a project of the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation, whose president,
Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo, is this week’s guest on RadioRotary along with
Anna Brett, who is chair of the fourth annual festival. The Italian-American
Foundation supports its legacy in part with a dozen annual scholarships to
popular Italian food items, but also a wide selection of Italian wines and beers, as
well as a spaghetti-eating contest and lessons in pizza-dough tossing.

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

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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