Hudson Valley - Warwick Valley High School Is Named Grand Prize Winning School In This Year's Charity Champions Competition, Earning An Additional $5,000 For Community 2000
May 6, 2012
Warwick, NY, May 6, 2012 - MSG Varsity and Power to Learn, along with Senator David Carlucci, Town Supervisor Mike Sweeton and Mayor Michael Newhard, recognized students at Warwick Valley High School as the Westchester/Hudson Valley Grand-Prize winners for their participation in Charity Champions, a program developed by Power to Learn that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice. The school was presented with $5,000 to be donated to Community 2000. As part of the day's larger fundraising event at the school called Empty Bowls, the students had set-up booths in the main lobby to sell handmade items and other goods with all proceeds going to the charity. As guests were shown to the cafeteria, they could choose a handmade bowl and, for a small donation, fill the bowl with specialty soup made by the culinary students. At the event, Senator Carlucci and Town Supervisor Sweeton discussed the importance of community service and Cablevision's Director of Government Affairs Roger Connor spoke briefly about the Charity Champions program. After remarks from Superintendent Dr. Raymond Bryant, Principal Richard Linkens introduced Warwick Valley High School senior Justin Lapidus who discussed the school's participation. A representative for Community 2000 thanked the students for their hard work throughout the year with their "Empty Bowls" fundraisers and MSG Varsity/Cablevision for its generous donation.
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"I'd like to congratulate all of the students at Warwick Valley High School who were involved in the Charity Champions program this year," said Senator Carlucci. "Because of your commitment and excellent fundraising campaign, you have been selected as the grand-prize winners for Westchester/Hudson Valley. We are extremely proud of your efforts in raising money for Community 2000, a charity that is at the heart of the Warwick community. I also commend Cablevision for supporting charitable outreach in communities throughout the tri-state area."
Town Supervisor Sweeton added, "The students here today are to be applauded for their dedication to helping improve the lives of those in the community who need it most. Everyone went above and beyond what was expected of them; they are truly representative of the spirit that is Warwick."