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Local family-run businesses partner in Spirit of Schuyler Fundraiser

In a recent check presentation ceremony at Perfect Cut Landscaping and Garden Center in Watkins Glen, Spirit of Schuyler board members were presented with a donation of $1,500 raised by two local businesses with family ties. 

Perfect Cut Landscaping (PCL), owned by Randy and Kristy Thorpe, and The Bucket Bar and Grill, owned by Erick and Sarah Thorpe, partnered to host a Customer Appreciation Day at PCL complete with discounts, raffles, and food offerings to thank their customers and raise funds to benefit the local non-profit. 

“Schuyler County has been very supportive of our families and our businesses. We are very thankful and collectively wanted to give back to our community by supporting Spirit of Schuyler. Knowing that our donation will help others, whether at a time of financial hardship, or through a scholarship to pursue higher education, is just one way for us to thank the community for their generosity and support,” said Kristy Thorpe reflecting on the planning of the fundraiser. 

Spirit of Schuyler is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Schuyler County residents in need by providing emergency financial assistance ranging from emergency car repair, to utility shut-offs, security deposits, and a variety of other circumstances. The SOS mission statement emphasizes providing assistance for residents who fight for their financial independence, support themselves and their families, and are self-sustaining until unforeseen situations occur. 

L-R: Harriett Vickio, Spirit of Schuyler (SOS) Vice-President, Gary Whyman, SOS Treasurer, Renee Riley, SOS board member, Chris Wickham, SOS board member, Kristy Thorpe, PCL owner, Randy Thorpe, PCL owner, Tony Vickio, SOS President, Erick Thorpe, The Bucket owner, Sarah Thorpe, The Bucket owner, Louie Perazzini, SOS board member, Bob Dill, SOS board member, Dena Carrigan, SOS Secretary

In addition to the general fund, Spirit of Schuyler also offers a scholarship program through an entirely separate fund, to provide opportunities for individuals looking to further their education or career, including vocational studies and certifications. The organization has confirmed three scholarship applicants from two Schuyler County school districts will be receiving awards this year, thanks, in part, to the increase in fundraising efforts by local businesses over the past year.

Tony Vickio, Spirit of Schuyler’s President, spoke at the check presentation at PCL thanking the Thorpes for organizing the fundraiser stating, “It’s families like yours who come together to support others that really make a difference. Thank you, on behalf of the board and our local residents in need, for your generosity and community spirit.” 

The Bucket Bar and Grill located at 100 Church Street in Odessa serves lunch and dinner daily with available catering options. Perfect Cut Landscaping & Garden Center is located at 3231 State Route 329 in Watkins Glen offering seasonal flowers, vegetable and herb plants, bagged and bulk landscape materials, hand-crafted planters, outdoor furniture, garden décor, and more.