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Colonie groups hold fundraiser to fill back packs

With the proceeds of Operation Fill a Back Pack, school book bags will be filled with much more than pens, pencils and notebooks. They will be filled with opportunities that were made possible thanks to the first ever fundraiser of its kind being held at the Crossings of Colonie on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Kelly Stamas, an associate broker with Realty USA. Stamas is involved with a business networking group called Get Connected 2. The group meets every other week,

Get Connected 2 formed in January and, Stamas said, is extremely focused on ways the business people in the group can get involved in their communities.

All of the members of the group come from different businesses, which most of them own. The members are Kara Heider, The Cleaning Person; Stacy Jubert, The Children's Guide Web site; Tyler Terpening, The Heritage Group; Cindi Fabozi, Bethany Christian Adoption Agency; Artie Forget, Market Street Financial Group; Stephanie Mccauley, Ismile Photos; Stacy Myron, Tumblin Tykes; Susan Zorgrone, California Closets; Antoinette Dimascio, New Key Media; Michelle Sentmier, Bluegrass Promotional Marketing; John Genest, Games 2u; and Kim Gardinier, Event Planner.

Stamas said the group is focused on bringing in like-minded people that want to do the same thing.

But instead of simply meeting to keep talking about their businesses, Stamas said the group decided they wanted to have their first community event as a group.

Barbara Mahaney, senior youth specialist with the Colonie Youth Bureau, said Stamas had actually been working with the CYB for quite some time by donating school supplies to the children who were in need in the beginning of the school year.

Stamas said she did this, on a smaller scale, last year when she decided to call up a few of her friends and ask them to donate some money to their cause.

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