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Mount Kisco Child Care Center Honors Key Donors

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — The Mount Kisco Child Care Center has announced that two of the village’s well-known luminaries ? Frances and Isidoro Albanese, proprietors of Bellizzi and Frannie’s Goodie Shop — and Curtis Beusman, founder of the Saw Mill Club and co-founder of Curtis Instruments, will be honored for their contributions to the center next month.

The ceremony will take place at the eighth annual “Feed Me Fresh: An Edible Evening” gala, the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraising event, on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ivanna Farms in Bedford Corners.

“Feed Me Fresh is an event we look forward to each year, and we are delighted to share the opportunity to recognize these admirable friends of the center,” said Dottie Jordan, executive director of the center, which provides affordable day care and education to children 3 months to 5 years.

The Albaneses own two Mount Kisco family staples and have contributed to the community by hosting family-friendly events and donating to local charities through their enterprises. Since opening Frannie’s in 2011, Frances and Isidoro have donated a percentage of the proceeds to a local charity each quarter, according to a statement released by the center.

Beusman, a 55-year resident of Mount Kisco, is currently in his second term as a member of the center's board of directors and in the past has acted as fundraising committee chair.

“He has been a driving force in our fundraising efforts for several years,” said Keri Reitman, the center’s development director. “He is just a very strong and vocal advocate for the children of MKCCC since he has been involved.”

Reitman said that Beusman got involved with the Mount Kisco Child Care Center when, during the last years of her life, his wife, Jane, became involved in My Second Home , a program for older adults that shares a facility with the center. The two organizations created the JEWEL program, an intergenerational program in which children and adults enrich each other's lives by spending time together. Beusman also named a scholarship fund at the center in his wife's memory, Reitman said.

“We are so thankful to Frances, Isidoro and Curtis for their support over the years,” said Jordan.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the center’s scholarship program, which provides tuition assistance to nearly 50 percent of the children enrolled there.

Guests will enjoy an open bar, dancing, live jazz music, live and silent auctions, and fresh tastings from 20 local restaurants and farms.

For information about tickets, donations and sponsorship opportunities, visit the center’s website or call Dottie Jordan at 914-241-2135. Tickets are $200 per person.

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