Last night the Genesis Group held their second annual Thanksgiving basket raffle during the Celebration of Education dinner at Hart’s Hill Inn, where more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the hard work of educators in the Mohawk Valley.
Today, they presented the fruits of their labor as the group handed out $1,200 from an event which only lasted two hours.
The money was donated to the Rome Rescue Mission, the Thea Bowman House and the Mohawk Valley Rotary. Each of the organizations received $400.
The Genesis Group says the fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local teachers.
“It's just amazing to see people stopping at the table because they care to help others,” said Raymond Durso, executive director of the Genesis Group. “So, for the Genesis Group it is very rewarding. We're proud to be a part of this initiative, but to see so many people step up and do something for others, that's a really great thing for not only us as individuals, but as a community.”
The local agencies who received the donations will be using the proceeds to provide food baskets and meals to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.