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‘Open Your Heart’ yields more than $3K for CazCares

Mary Coburn, right, directs the Cazenovia Youth Sting Ensemble during the Open Your Heart benefit, May 12 in the Cazenovia Presbyterian Meeting Hall.

Mary Coburn, right, directs the Cazenovia Youth Sting Ensemble during the Open Your Heart benefit, May 12 in the Cazenovia Presbyterian Meeting Hall. Kevin Curtis

— The fourth annual “Open Your Heart” event was held on Saturday, May 12, in the Cazenovia Presbyterian Meeting Hall to honor CazCares’ 30th Anniversary.

The local food pantry and community closet was founded by a group of local churches in 1982 and serves those in need throughout the greater Cazenovia area.

CazCares Director Gigi Redmond introduced a video presentation created by Patti Christakos outlining the history and mission of CazCares.

The organization’s volunteers were acknowledged and thanked. A link to the presentation is available on the CazCares web site.

Local artists displayed their work and donated a portion of the art sales made that night. Music was provided by Mary Coburn and the Cazenovia Youth String Ensemble. Jeff DeVeau played piano. Kristin Curtis and a team from Cazenovia Presbyterian decorated the room.

Guests could purchase raffle tickets to win an original work created by Tom McCobb, a well known Cazenovia artist. Bill Gabor, Madison County District Attorney, drew the winning ticket that belonged to Beth Seeley.

In the past four years, $30,000 has been donated to CazCares via Open Your Heart events.

For more information on the organization, visit cazcares.org.

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