Confections in Chocolate Gala Gets Going

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s 31st Annual Confections in Chocolate Gala will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Glen Sanders Mansion. Over the past five years, the event has hosted over 1,500 guests.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York will celebrate its 31st annual Chocolate fundraising gala form 5:30-11 p.m. on Saturday (3/9). This year’s theme is “The Enchanted Garden, Where Hope Grows.”

A highlight of the event is the arrangement of chocolate desserts donated by local executive and pastry chefs. There are over 10 different bakeries committed to bringing the Capital Region the best of the best chocolate desserts. They range from Chocolate Chip Bundt Cakes to Gluten Free Mousse Cakes. The black-tie-optional gala attracts more than 300 people annually and affords chefs an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Proceeds from the event are used to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s program and services including educational programs, advocacy, support networks and counseling. Tickets are available online here.

To contact the agency for more information about being a part of the chocolate dessert display, contact Kennedy at

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects one in fifty children and one in one hundred adults and is defined as having two or more recurring seizures; it can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. Epilepsy is more common than Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined. Services provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York include education and training of school personnel and students, public education and awareness, service coordination, advocacy, counseling and first aid training.

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization  that provides direct assistance to thousands of people with epilepsy each year in twenty-two counties across the  Capital Region, North Country, and the Upper Hudson Valley. Other services include public education and training, school education programs, service coordination, advocacy and counseling. Your support of the Foundation allows us to continue our important work on behalf of the more than 45,000 people affected by epilepsy in our area.

New Board Members Announced for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York

Catharine Potvin, of Slingerlands, is the Owner and President of Stragility, LLC. Catharine brings strong entrepreneurship and strategy development to the group. She will be of great assistance to their annual Golf Tournament as she plans to recruit more golfers to the event, including a team of female golfers. Melissa D’Andrea, of Saratoga, is a Sales and Account Executive with Currier, McCabe & Associates, Inc. Melissa brings sound interpersonal skills to the board, along with fundraising experience. The annual Walk to End Epilepsy will benefit greatly from her passionate drive. Both women are well-developed professionals and will assist the Foundation honorably.

The Epilepsy Foundation has a volunteer Board of Directors. Members have a variety of professional backgrounds. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents to further the mission of our organization, please complete a Board of Directors Membership Application and forward it with a copy of your resume to:

Jeannine Garab, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205 or you may forward it electronically to:

Board members are required to become members of the Foundation, attend regularly scheduled board meetings, support fundraising events and serve on 1-2 committees.

Farewell but not goodbye

With 2018 coming to a close, we say farewell to a fantastic year with our partner, the Adopted Non-profit, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region.  

We will remember fondly, the mark Daquetta Jones made on the WBC, her work and all she does to advocate for women and we will remember the mission statement that we recited many times throughout the year:

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.




We will not forget that the YWCA-GCR provides an affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, food security services, homelessness prevention, and advocates for women’s rights, justice, and pay and racial equity.  

With your continued support, the YWCA-GCR will be able to continue to be a catalyst for positive change in this community.  

The YWCA encourages you to call anytime at (518) 274-7100 to volunteer.


Announcing This Year’s Woman of Inspiration, Resourceful Women Honorees and the Young Girl On A Mission

From the desk of Brooklyn Esposito, Interim Development & Marketing Director at the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, the 2018 Adopted Nonprofit.
Women and girls will be recognized under the categories of Education, Emerging Professional, Entrepreneur, Management, Public Service, Women In Tech and Young Girls On A Mission. Those being honored include:
Woman of Inwinniespiration:  
Sandra Winnie, Graduate of the Jamison-Rounds Ready For Work Program Woman of Inspiration
YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. is proud to recognize Sandra Winnie for her accomplishments through the Jamison-Rounds Ready for Work Program.
Sandra currently works for YWCA-GCR as a front desk support team member, providing support to overall operations of the organization.
Kathleen Skeals, North Colonie Central Schools
Tamara Thorpe Odom, SCSD Central Park Middle School
Emerging Professional:
Elissa Prout, BeechNut Nutrition Corporation
Mary Darcy, Founder – Uptown/Downtown Media & All Over Albany
Jordan Glindmyer, Pinup Jordan’s Mermaid Lounge
Heidi Knoblauch, Plumb Oyster Bar
Erin Boggan – Berkshire Bank
Jennifer Lawrence – SEAT Center
Sherain Rivera – RainDrops Closet for Homeless Families
Public Service:
Deborah McKenzie Fowlers, Eyes Wide Open NENY, Inc.
Michaelle Mugisha, United Way of the Greater Capital Region
Tabetha Wilson – Albany School Board
Women In Tech:
Frederika Edinton-Giordano, Tech Valley Game Space
Young Girls On A Mission:
Carli O’Hara – Real Kids Wear Pink of the Capital Region
The event takes place on Monday, November 19th. Purchase your tickets here!
For questions or more information, please contact Brooklyn Esposito
at or call 518-274-7100.

YWCA-GCR Announces 2018 Resourceful Woman of the Year!

From the desk of Brooklyn EspositoInterim Director of Development and Marketing, YWCA-GCR.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Announces Nathaalie Carey, Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at NYS Department of Labor, as the

2018 Resourceful Woman of the Year!

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Save the Date for the 19th Annual Resourceful Women’s Awards Luncheon, presented by Groff NetWorks and Troy Web Consulting, on November 19th at the Albany Marriott (new location), from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Resourceful Women’s Awards were established in 2000 to honor women whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women, a core element of our mission to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

YWCA-GCR will be honoring the 2018 Resourceful Woman of the Year, Nathaalie Carey, Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at New York State Department of Labor. Mrs. Carey manages the agency’s $4 billion portfolio and oversees all internal operations. Nathaalie is an experienced executive at local and state levels of government with a strong background in finance, operations and technology. Nathaalie is a champion of women and girls in our community and we cannot wait to celebrate her!

Last year more than 400 people attended the 18th Annual Resourceful Women’s Awards Luncheon, and the event more than doubled its previous year fundraising goal; raising over $94,000!  All proceeds help to sustain, enhance, and expand the unique services and programs YWCA-GCR provides. YWCA-GCR is one of the area’s largest providers of supportive housing to both single women and women with children that would otherwise be homeless or living in substandard housing. In addition to our economic empowerment, homelessness prevention, food security services and supportive programs, every day, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and over 50 children.

Please unite with us in supporting Nathaalie and YWCA-GCR through sponsoring the event or as an Honorary Committee member. To become a corporate sponsor and/or join the honorary committee to this empowering annual event, please visit: To ensure that your company name or logo is on the event invitation, please make your commitment by Friday, Sept 21, 2018.

Nominations are now open.  To nominate a Resourceful Woman or Young Girl On A Mission, please visit,

Nominations will close at 5:00p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018! To learn more about becoming involved in this event, please contact Brooklyn Esposito, Interim Director of Development and Marketing, or 518-274-7100.


YWCA of the Greater Capital Region 4th Annual BraVa! Event!

From the desk of Brooklyn Esposito, Interim Director of Development and Marketing at the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. free-bras-pic-300x176On Tuesday, November 2nd, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region will be hosting their 4th Annual BraVa! event. BraVa! is a fundraiser that provide new bras to women and girls that live at YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. and those in need in the Greater Capital Region at no cost. We are proud to continue our partnership with The Arts Center of the Capital Region and expanding our reach to Western NY. Our YWCA Western NY sister Association will also host their 1st Annual BraVa! event on November 2nd to raise awareness and provide new bras to women and girls in need in their Region at no cost.

This year’s event will take place at Bush Memorial Hall at Russell Sage College, 65 1st Street in Troy from 5:00p.m. – 7:30p.m.

The event will feature talented artists from around the region and beyond who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject of bras from many viewpoints and range from the poignant to the hilarious. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a juried panel.

At last year’s event, more than 100 bras were collected and have already been distributed for free to girls and women in need this year. Since its debut in 2015, Brava! has collected more than 1,000 bras and has heightened awareness on the importance of this essential garment to women and girls. 

For questions or more information, please contact Brooklyn Esposito at or call 518-274-7100.


YWCA-GCR’s Centennial Building Celebration Continues!

From the desk of Jen Whiston, Director of Development and Marketing, YWCA-GCR.

The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region’s year of our Centennial Building Celebration events is well underway. Over the past couple of months, we have had a lot of exciting programming available to the community.

As part of the Troy BID Troy Night Out events, YWCA-GCR held a Trivia Night hosted by Tara Whittle on Friday, April 27th. The trivia questioned teams on Troy & YWCA history, famous women in history, and more.

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Starfish Trivia Trophy, Team Shotrock from the Albany Curling Club. (L to R:  Ed O’Neill, Barbara O’Neill, Jay Stein, Dion Warr, Alena Arthur, and Doug Arthur, with Trivia Host, Tara Whittle and YWCA-GCR Executive Director, Daquetta Jones)

On Friday, May 25, YWCA-GCR hosted the play SRO: Single Room Occupancy written and directed by Michael Kennedy and presented in partnership with Creative Action Unlimited. Set in a single room occupancy for women located in downtown Albany, SRO: Single Room Occupancy follows three residents as they struggle to avoid homelessness, keep the support they receive, and work toward improving their daily lives. Performed by Maghen Ryan, Josie Smith, and Michelle Smith-Carrigan, this production was the recipient of a Community Arts Award as part of the Breathing Lights project in 2016.

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All proceeds from these events go to our organization. We encourage each of you to accept the Centennial 100 Challenge. By making a pledge or donation of $100 to our organization you will be a part of helping to ensure that women and women with children will continue to have this building and all of the services and programs offered by YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, as a beacon of hope and positive change for the next 100 years.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard and Join Us In Our Stand Against Racism

From the desk of Jen Whiston, Director of Development and Marketing, YWCA-GCR.


YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and YWCA NorthEastern NY call all individuals to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the University at Albany. Stand Against Racism (SAR) will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: We Are On A Mission To Eliminate Racism. The Stand Against Racism symposium will include a call to action for individuals to create change through action in their own lives and their communities.

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA, held at over 200 sites annually across the nation. In 2018 we are united around the theme of Civic Engagement: Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future. For many, the term “civic engagement” refers only to voting, but it also applies to a much larger body of work. Defined as working to make a difference in communities through both political and non-political activities, civic engagement addresses public concern and promotes a better quality of life for community members. That full breadth of work is important because voting alone cannot create systemic change.

Voting rights and civic engagement are and have always been, core components of racial justice work. Throughout American history right up through the present, voting has only been accessible as a privilege, and not a true civil right. Voter suppression remains a very real challenge for many marginalized communities. As civil rights are eroded for communities of color, we must work to support full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process.

Civic engagement is a powerful tool for eliminating racism. In fact, it is the one tool that disenfranchised groups consistently rely on to create a more representative democracy. While we can use this tool in a variety of ways, from acts of civil disobedience to serving on the school board, laws have been changed and communities have been empowered when community members dedicate their time to doing something for the greater good.

The hard work of ensuring communities can and do get out to vote is so important. But this work is best coupled with meeting the day to day needs of those communities through direct service, raising awareness on the issues that impact their lives most and advocating for policy change. Civic engagement is most powerful when the full spectrum of civic life is valued, and all community members can choose how they’d like to participate.

The SAR Symposium will begin with an impactful speech from Keynote Speaker, Honorable Dr. Dorcey Applyrs. Dr. Applyrs has built a personal and professional life in the City of Albany devoted to improving the quality of life for residents in her community, Albany’s First Ward. The Washington, D.C. native tackles health disparity and environmental safety issues affecting her constituents with a persistence and passion that city leaders have come to recognize and depend upon. Dr. Applyrs was elected to the City of Albany Common Council First Ward in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

Following the Honorable Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, we have partnered with community groups, local political leaders, and activists for social change to host breakout sessions focusing on how attendees can create change. Topics will span from how to run for office, to how to stay involved in the community and with issues that develop after an election cycle. We are committed to bringing together individuals from different political backgrounds, who share the common goal of inclusion and active participation to create change in our communities.

The movie portion of the event is free and open to the public. If you would like to purchase tickets please go to  Please contact Jenifer Whiston, Director of Development and Marketing with any questions at or 518-274-7100.


Community Meal and Other Volunteer Opportunities

From the desk of Jenifer Whiston, Director of Development & Marketing for the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. 

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region impacts the lives of thousands of local women, children, and families each year, through our supportive housing, economic empowerment, food insecurity, and homeless prevention programs.  At the heart of many of our programs are our volunteers!

One way for an individual or organization to volunteer at YWCA-GCR is at our weekly community meal held each Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Community Meal provides free, nutritious, cooked meals for residents and Capital Region Community members.  Volunteers can help with meal prep and cooking, set-up, serving, and clean-up. You can volunteer as an individual, or with a group.

Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Teaching a writing program with the Jamison-Rounds Ready For Work Program
  • Bringing a group to YWCA-GCR to help complete a project to refresh our space. Such as helping to repaint the kitchens or living spaces on the SRO floors, or help organizing the donations for our Adopt-A-Family program.
  • You can join us on Saturday, April 28th for our Spring Clean Up! Sign up HERE!
  • Organize a donation drive in your community to help support the women and children at YWCA-GCR. We are always in need of donations of: diapers, linens, personal care items, new bras, kitchenware, and school supplies.  Check out our Donation Guide HERE.
  • Volunteer or join a committee for the Resourceful Women’s Award Luncheon, Stand Against Racism, Brava!, or Week Without Violence.

To learn more about these opportunities or to talk about other ways that you or your company can partner with YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, please contact Jenifer Whiston, Director of Development and Marketing at either or 518-274-1700.

YWCA-GCR Marks Building’s Centennial

100 years

From the desk of Jenifer Whiston:

This year marks the Centennial Celebration of the building housing YWCA of the Greater Capital Region (May 8, 1918 to May 8, 2018).  This is the perfect time to reflect on how this building has changed the lives of women on their journey to improving themselves and providing a better life for their children.

For the past 100 years, this building has been the start of positive change for thousands of local women and children. Programs offered in this building by YWCA-GCR are designed to help women prepare for school and employment through economic advancement programs. It provides affordable, safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing, food security services, homelessness prevention, and advocates for women’s’ rights, justice, and pay and racial equity.

Join us each month in 2018 for a yearlong centennial celebration. YWCA-GCR is participating in Troy Night Out on the last Friday of each month from 5 to 9 pm in 2018, which is organized by the Downtown Troy BID to celebrate our history and life-changing impacts in our beautiful 21 First Street building. There will be tours or engaging family activities to celebrate our history, and our long ties to the City of Troy and Greater Capital Region. Stop by and experience first-hand the history and importance of this building in our community and to the women and families who come and or call YWCA-GCR home.

Important Dates :

  • February 23, 2018 – Guided tours & a stop on the Downtown Troy BID “Amazing Race Trivia Night”
  • March 30, 2018 – Guided tours
  • April 27, 2018 – Trivia Night with Tara Whittle
  • May 8, 2018 – Press Conference
  • May 25, 2018 – Play: SRO by Creative Action Unlimited, written/directed by Michael Kennedy

Today we ask you to join us in our efforts to continue building a healthy and strong community in downtown Troy for the next 100 years by supporting the 2018 Centennial Celebration Building Fund.  By taking up the 100 Challenge and making a donation today you can help YWCA-GCR reach our goal of $100,000.

With your support, we will be able to continue to be a catalyst for positive change in this community.  By accepting the 100 Challenge, every woman who walks through these doors will have the opportunity to experience the hope, support, and empowerment that YWCA-GCR brings to our community.

With your donation, you will be a part of success stories that unfold every day at YWCA-GCR.  Thank you for being a part of the stories of today, and providing the foundation for new stories over the next 100 years.   You can donate securely online at or by downloading the pledge sheet at

We encourage you to call us anytime at (518) 274-7100 or email if you have questions about the Centennial Celebration or any of our other events or programs.