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KOC begins season of giving with Taste and Paint event

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A few dozen community members will gather tonight to paint an autumn scene, but this is more than a dabbing at creativity — it’s a chance to give back this holiday season.

The Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary  Amsterdam Council 209 is holding a Taste and Paint from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall. All proceeds will go towards “A Thanksgiving Thought,” which provides Thanksgiving dinner for those in need in the area.

Denise Conte, auxiliary president, said Monday that 28 out of the 35 available tickets had been sold. She said the remaining could be purchased at the door. Tickets are $35 and include art supplies, two glasses of wine, or an alternate beverage and snacks.

This is the first year the group has held the Taste and Paint and raised money for “A Thanksgiving Thought.” Conte said one of the members suggested the taste and paint a few years ago, but they were already involved in other fundraising activities. So this year, when it was brought up again and several people said the events seem pretty successful, they decided to give it a try.

“We thought it would be a fun way to raise money for a charity,” Conte said. “So we thought we would give it a try.”

Two years ago, Dan Nelli, of the River’s Edge, and Jose Castro, owner of Castro Contracting, started “A Thanksgiving Thought” where, along with volunteers, they would provide meals for people in the community.

“The two of them, two years ago, just decided to be thoughtful basically,” Conte said, adding they have served meals to hundreds of people who were needy, homeless or homebound. “We just thought it was such a wonderful thing that we wanted to actually provide them some support for that this year.”

Nelli said the donation shows how strong of a city Amsterdam is.

“When the ladies got together and said that they were going to help us raise money to take some of the burden off the cost of what we donate personally, it’s just really amazing,” He said.  “It shows off the character of Amsterdam and the people in it, who are always just trying to help each other out, which is so important.”

Nelli said he and Castro have met on several occasions to start preparing for this year. He said their goal is to give out approximately 500 meals.

“We will see if we need more or less, kind of, but that’s our goal this year again,” He said. “I believe over the last two years we are probably close to giving away 1,000 meals.”

Nelli said the event could have not been possible without all of the volunteers, who have helped cook and deliver.

“Me and Jose have really split the bill the last two years on everything that we need for the day, which is completely fine with us, we are more than willing to do it,” Nelli said. “But when other groups see what we have been doing over the last couple years and decide to help us out, it really, really means a lot and we really take it to heart.”

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