As part of its Customer and Community Appreciation Day Celebration being held this Saturday, Nov. 6, Ben Weitsman of Syracuse will donate $5,000 dollars to be shared by two local church organizations to help feed the hungry on Thanksgiving.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., recently re-elected Town of Geddes Councilor Paul Valenti will present a check of $2,500 to Father Amedo Guida of St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic of Solvay and a check of $2,500 to Pastor Andy Race of the Vineyard Church of Lakeland. Both institutions operate food banks to assist needy individuals and families. Both have said they are extremely excited and appreciative of the kindness.
Ben Weitsman of Syracuse, a scrap metal dealer and recycler, was established in Solvay last December when Upstate Shredding - Ben Weitsman acquired the business and assets of Matlow Company Inc. in an all cash transaction. Adam Weitsman, President of Upstate - Ben Weitsman commented on the donation. "We are very thankful for the way the community has welcomed us here. We could think of no better way of showing our appreciation than by helping those in need to have a hearty Thanksgiving dinner and no better way to get the food on the table than through these fine two churches."
Weitsman also reiterated his invitation to customers and local area residents to join in the Saturday celebration being held Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ben Weitsman of Syracuse, 333 Bridge Street, Solvay, New York. There will be a free luncheon provided by the Dinosaur Barbeque restaurant of Syracuse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Four radio stations will provide music, broadcast live remotes from the event and offer prizes to call-in listeners and attendees. John Maczko, TV and feature film actor, and spokesperson for Ben Weitsman's popular "Metal" radio commercials will be there to greet guests. Many other surprises are planned for the event.
The Syracuse facility will be open to receive metals from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and visitors will be paid a special bonus price for any scrap metal or catalytic converters delivered that day.
In August, Weitsman purchased the landmark The Krebs restaurant in Skaneateles, New York with the unique plan of renovating the restaurant and donating 100 percent of the profits to Onondaga County charities to help children and to feed the hungry.