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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 18, 2010

Hilltowns Players help Community Caregivers with entertainment showcase

By Zach Simeone

BERNE — By putting their talents on display, the Hilltowns Players hope to raise money for the Community Caregivers this weekend in their annual entertainment showcase.

“The Hilltowns Players are always thankful for our people that come and see us time and time again, and we always like to give back; that’s why we started these talent shows,” said Penny Shaw, a preschool teacher who has worked with the Hilltowns Players in both artistic and administrative capacities since the group’s inception more than 25 years ago.

The showcase will take place on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School auditorium. Admission will be $2 per person, and all funds raised will go to the Community Caregivers.

“This year, we wanted to do more, so that the people who come can give back to their neighbors and friends,” Shaw told The Enterprise this week. “So, we chose the Community Caregivers, because they’re also reaching out to the people of the Hilltowns.”

Community Caregivers is a not-for-profit agency with volunteers who have helped the elderly, the chronically ill, and single and teen parents since 1994, when it began operating out of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont. Caregivers moved to its current location at 2113 Western Avenue in 2008.

Since most of the organization’s clients are elderly, its volunteers provide services like light housekeeping and rides to medical appointments.

“We’re very thankful for people like the Community Caregivers, all those volunteers that give back to us, and we wanted to thank them in a special way,” Shaw said. “We hope that a lot of people come out.”

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