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A six-figure boost for Geneva’s youth

Hobart and William Smith Colleges officials say their annual Community Sale hit a significant milestone in 2019.

The $9,952 raised at this year’s sale boosted HWS’ donations to Geneva youth education programs to over $100,000. Additionally, the sale has helped divert more than 100,000 pounds of waste from entering landfills.

This year, 14,346 pounds of clothing, shoes, electronics, furniture and food were diverted, according to those officials.

“It’s exciting to hit two milestones on the same year,” said Katie Flowers, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “The cumulative tally helps us all focus on the two-fold approach of the sale (of) aiming to reduce contributions to local landfills while fundraising for community efforts.”

Proceeds from this year’s Community Sale went to Geneva 2020, which supports greater educational achievement for Geneva students. Other local not-for-profit organizations that have benefited from sale proceeds over the years include the United Way and the Geneva Education Foundation.

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