Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chambers’ Leadership Class Adopts Equinox Youth Services and Invites the Community for Drinks at Aperitivo Bistro

Average Joe here and I just wanted to pass along some news about an event Aperitivo Bistro is hosting this coming Tuesday. The event will benefit will benefit children and youth. For more details read on:

The forty members of this year’s Leadership Tech Valley (LTV) class have selected Equinox, Inc.’s Youth Services for the class’s community service project, “Strive for Drive.” Class members representing various businesses, not for profit agencies and government entities, have dedicated themselves to raising more than $20,000 to purchase a seven-passenger minivan for Equinox. The children and youth who benefit the most from Equinox’s programs often have the lowest level of access to safe and reliable transportation. The minivan acquired by LTV will have a major positive impact on the children and the success of these programs.
The public is invited to join LTV at Aperitivo Bistro (426 State Street, Schenectady, NY) for Happy Hour on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 5:15 – 7:30pm, featuring an original drink, the VANtastic VANilla Martini. Aperitivo will generously donate 50% of the proceeds from all drinks and appetizers ordered from the bar during our event, plus 50% of all gratuities collected.
If supporting a great cause is not enough to get you to stop down, come to see our two guest bartenders…Giulio Veglio, owner of downtown Schenectady’s Paul Mitchell-The School and Angelo Mazzoneowner of Aperitivo Bistro and other area restaurants, who will lend a special flair to the festivities!
During the event, you can buy a ticket for our exciting Wine Pull. Purchase your chance to select a bottle from our display of hidden wines. You may end up with a very valuable vintage to bring home!
Admission is free, although advance registration is requested for planning purposes. Additional information and a registration link can be found at
Supporters unable to attend the Happy Hour can still donate to Strive for Drive by visiting and clicking on the blue and white “Donate Now” box on the left of the page. Please type “LTV Van Project” in the DESIGNATION field to ensure funds are applied appropriately. 
The LTV class recently held a highly successful brunch at Yono’s Restaurant and is looking forward to another Happy Hour event featuring guest bartenders at Taste, 30 South Pearl St., Albany, NY, on Monday, May 16 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. LTV will be acquiring the minivan from Mohawk Honda in Glenville, NY, and the class will participate in the dealership’s grand opening and ribbon cutting on April 23.
The LTV class thanks its sponsors: Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership, Key Bank, M&T Bank, Pioneer Bank, Rose & Kiernan, Inc., Turner Construction Company, Austin & Company, Inc., Carter Conboy, McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C., Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP, SKS Bottle Packaging, Inc., Lynette & Michael Tucker. In Kind Sponsors include: Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Alison Cisek Designs, Aperitivo Bistro, Equinox, Inc., Mohawk Honda, The Chamber of Schenectady County, Yono's, Emil J. Nagengast Florist, Steinmetz Career and Leadership Academy & Blodgett Success Academy for Middle School Students.
Leadership Tech Valley is a shared initiative of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Schenectady County.  The program is dynamic, interactive and provides skill development and community immersion experiences that enable participants to grow personally and professionally as they explore issues and opportunities in the Capital Region.
Equinox, Inc. is a non-profit service organization dedicated to providing innovative, holistic, compassionate social services to individuals and families.   The 2011 Class of Leadership Tech Valley is proud to be contributing to the work Equinox is doing for the youth of the Capital District.

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