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Giving Dogs a Voice: Cydney Cross Makes a Difference as 2014 Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year

In my 1.5 years at Direct Energy managing various community investment initiatives, I have never seen the support for a volunteer like I witnessed with Cydney Cross, winner of Direct Energy and The Gazette’s 2014 Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year award. To start, her wonderfully written nomination hailed from a dear friend and […]

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4 Patriotic Recipes to Celebrate the 4th of July

Ice cream, parades, live music, family, friends, and fireworks – it’s hard to believe the 4th of July is just around the corner. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, having a simple gathering at home, or having a lavish July 4th fete, the 4 patriotic recipes on this menu will help get you and your family in […]

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Celebrating the 2014 Chicago Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Winner – Mary Beth Schewitz

Mary Beth Schewitz and her husband, David, endured the tragic loss of their son, Max, a seemingly healthy 20-year-old, from sudden cardiac death in 2005. He had no previous medical conditions or warning signs. Following this, Mary Beth established The Max Schewitz Foundation to provide free school-wide EKG screenings with free echo-cardiograms for a subset […]