'Come to the Table' raises money for Peacemaker Program

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The tables were set today at the Harts Hill Inn in Whitesboro to raise money for the Peacemaker Program. It's the seventh annual 'Come to the Table' benefit.

Table settings of all designs were put up for auction.

The Peacemaker Program is a non-profit agency that relies on more than 500 volunteers and ten staff members to provide dispute resolution and child advocacy services in the Mohawk Valley.

Its mission is to offer innovative approaches to resolve conflict and achieve positive outcomes for children and families.

Executive Director Brenda Episcopo says 'Come to the Table' is a play on words, because the Peacemaker Program brings people to the table to work out their differences, "we help people work out their conflicts with each other, all kinds of issues from fighting over custody and visitation of children, landlords and tenants, business owners and their customers, anyone in the community that is having a conflict with somebody else we help them work it out."

The event has grown steadily, last year more than $20,000 dollars was raised, no word yet on this year's total.

Episcopo says the money raised is used to recruit, screen and train new volunteers.

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