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Oktoberfest donates $5,500

Megan O'Donnell, right, president of the Greater Baldwinsville Community Benefit Fund (organizing arm of the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest) presents James Kratzer, left, superintendent of the Riverview Cemetery Association (RCA), and Sue McManus, vice president of the RCA, with a $500 donation for allowing Oktoberfest's inaugural 5K foot race to route through Riverview Cemetery along the Seneca River.

Overall, the event was a success raising $5,500, which was distributed to six organizations including the village. In addition to the $500 donation to the RCA, the following organizations also received money: the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry was presented with a $500 check raised from tip jars at the festival's bars; $1,500 was presented to the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (the chamber generously gave its annual 50/50 raffle fundraiser to a local family in need); $1,000 was presented to the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center; $1,000 was presented to the village of Baldwinsville for assistance and cooperation in making the event possible; and $1,000 was given to the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation.

"This event is all about Baldwinsville," Mayor Joseph Saraceni said. "It's a great tradition we have."

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