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Playing for food

Piano students raise thousands with their talents

Kathleen Samaniuk-Hayes of the Regional Food Bank; Liam Presser, who collected over $500 for the event; Mark Quandt, Regional Food Bank Executive Director; and NYSMTA event chairs Mary Moran, Noel Liberty and Paul Jennings.

Kathleen Samaniuk-Hayes of the Regional Food Bank; Liam Presser, who collected over $500 for the event; Mark Quandt, Regional Food Bank Executive Director; and NYSMTA event chairs Mary Moran, Noel Liberty and Paul Jennings. Submitted Photo

— Liberty said all the NYSMTA teacher and food bank representatives were impressed with the event’s success.

“We were all astounded … how much money the kids raised,” said Liberty.

There are already plans to repeat the event next year.

“It was such a success that the people at Colonie Center said it was one of the best fundraising events,” said Liberty “We’ve talked about doing something every year to give back to the community with piano playing.”

Bracelets were sold to round out the benefit and the message emblazoned on the bracelets summed up the day’s efforts: “Music makes everything better.”

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