TURKEY TROT AIDS OR­GA­NI­ZA­TIONS

$15,000 check given to Re­gional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shel­ter

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Gwiz­dala mg­wiz­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com Re­porter

TROY, N.Y. >> Elected of­fi­cials, event or­ga­niz­ers, char­i­ties and spon­sors gath­ered in the Troy Atrium to put a bow on the 71st an­nual Troy Turkey Trot.

A check worth $15,000 stem­ming from on­line regis­tra­tion, do­na­tions and from the Pioneer Bank Foun­da­tion was awarded to the Re­gional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shel­ter, Inc.

The 6,425, who braved the el­e­ments and record cold, gave $12,531 dol­lars and Pioneer Bank matched all do­na­tions up to $2,500 dol­lars to the afore­men­tioned char­i­ties.

“It’s re­ally a plea­sure for us in ev­ery way,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Re­gional Food Bank of NENY Mark Quandt said of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the Troy Turkey Trot.

“The Turkey Trot brings us money, — thou­sands of dol­lars ev­ery year — brings us food do­na­tions, brings us re­ally [good] at­ten­tion and pub­lic­ity all the time be­cause we’re be­ing as­so­ci­ated with it and it brings us a good time and I think it con­nects us to a lot more peo­ple,” Quandt noted of

“It’s fan­tas­tic. The cash do­na­tions will help us to keep our doors open for any­body who needs it here in Troy.” — Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Con­nor

the sup­port.

“We’re a pri­vate, non-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion so we de­pend on pri­vate sup­port from the com­mu­nity for us to do our work. It’s do­na­tions like this from hun­dreds, even thou­sands of run­ners mak­ing small do­na­tions, big do­na­tions like that that make it pos­si­ble for us to do our work,” Quant added of the im­por­tance of ev­ery do­na­tion. “Ev­ery day we’re our try­ing to bring in more food do­na­tions and then mak­ing sure that we get that food out the door to our food pantries, soup kitchens and shel­ters like Joseph’s House so they can feed hun­gry peo­ple in our com­mu­nity, wedo that ev­ery sin­gle day and we could not do any of that work if we did not have the fi­nan­cial sup­port from the com­mu­nity, so we’re very grate­ful.”

“It’s fan­tas­tic. The cash do­na­tions will help us to keep our doors open for any­body who needs it here in Troy and any­body who’s home­less and needs it in Troy. The recog­ni­tion and aware­ness of the is­sue are just as valu­able to us and I thank ev­ery­body from staff to volunteers and the po­lice depart­ment and fire depart­ment and ev­ery­body that serves that morn­ing,” Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Con­nor added about the do­na­tions.

As cold as it was Thanks­giv­ing Day, it’s only go­ing to get colder with the win­ter ap­proach­ing, which was a point O’Con­nor made of how the sup­port will go a long way to­ward their sea­sonal ini­tia­tives.

“The win­ter sea­son re­ally stokes up de­mand for us; we’re run­ning our in from the cold pro­gram which is a sea­sonal shel­ter that’s staffed by volunteers and staff and we also have our code blue pro­gram that ex- tends our shel­ter­ing by dou­bling the num­ber of peo­ple that stay in our shel­ter on any given night, so it cer­tainly is a cru­cial time to get the sup­port,” O’Con­nor added.

All in all, given the cir­cum­stances, Troy Turkey Trot Event Di­rec­tor Ge­orge Re­gan seemed pleased at how the race went off and how the com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether to sup­port those lo­cal char­i­ties.

“I think it went well, I re­ally do I think all in all it started tough lis­ten­ing to the forecast and watch­ing those num­bers drop. On Mon­day we were look­ing for a big regis­tra­tion pickup from Mon­day through Wed­nes­day and we got a shadow of what the num­bers should’ve been so thou­sands dropped. Then it was like what are we go­ing to do in be­tween that time, what are we go­ing to do about the cold?” Re­gan said of the lo­gis­ti­cal con­cerns.

“So it was or­der­ing all the newe­quip­ment the warm­ing tents and the heaters and all that stuff. Go­ing through it to see all of the peo­ple that ac­tu­ally came out, I thought it was great, although I have to ad­mit it was cold. I wasn’t wor­ried about it be­cause we’ve been through cold be­fore but I have to tell you we haven’t been through cold like that be­fore, that was cold. A lot of our wa­ter froze be­fore we even poured it into our cups it froze and if it fell on the ground, it froze im­me­di­ately so we had to throw down rock salt at the wa­ter stops,” Re­gan added.

“All in all it went great, we raised more money than ever for our char­i­ties. We had happy peo­ple, they just en­joyed them­selves, you could see it on their face, they felt be­cause they were out on the coldest day ever they felt good about that and you could see that. We had 6,400 peo­ple out there so that’s pretty good,” Re­gan said of a Col­lar City tra­di­tion.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA MG­WIZ­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Of­fi­cials gather with a check stem­ming from do­na­tions to the Troy Turkey Trot.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA MG­WIZ­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Troy Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence re­cap­ping the Troy Turkey Trot.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA MG­WIZ­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Joseph’s House Kevin O’Con­nor speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence re­cap­ping the Troy Turkey Trot.

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