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Colonie wine-tasting fundraiser creates warm feelings

Umbrella of Colonie, the home maintenance program of Colonie Senior Service Centers, is going to assist seniors update equipment and make repairs to home-heating units.

"In addition to high heating bills, we often encounter outdated and inefficient heating systems. Poorly maintained, sometimes unsafe heating systems increase what senior homeowners pay for heat, and their bills show it," said Tony Scardillo, director for Umbrella of Colonie in a statement. "It is not unusual for a senior living on less than $1,200 a month to have a three-month heating bill for over $2,000."

The Warmth of Wine event is sponsored by SEFCU, Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, the Times Union, 99.5 The River, Fox23 News and The Spotlight.

Neary said donations, ticket sales, auctions and raffles were the primary source of funds raised at the event.

"We were fortunate with the weather not being too challenging," he said. "It was a great community event."

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