It was a rare opportunity for the staff of southwesternBrooklyn’s hometown papers to meet some of the community which weproudly serve. And the community responded in spades.There was a full house at The Empty Mug in Bay Ridge on June 22,for the first-ever networking and fundraising event presented byThe Home Reporter and The Brooklyn SpectatorThe turnout was incredible, Scissura said. We had well over 100people ranging from community officials to localpoliticians.In addition to providing a chance for area business leaders to rubelbows, the event also raised $500 for the Kassenbrock BrothersMemorial Scholarship Fund which rewards college-bound high schoolseniors who have distinguished themselves in the field of communityservice, and $750 for the Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC), anon-profit organization helping people with developmentaldisabilities.Originally the $750 award to the GEC was supposed to be for half asmuch, with the rest going to the 50-50 raffle winner, but when asurprised Conti discovered he held the winning ticket, he announcedhe would donate the additional $375.Sometimes you feel like the right thing happens for the rightreasons, Conti said. And that’s why I was happy to give the moneyback to the Guild.For Joshua Schneps, co-publisher of The Home Reporter andThe Brooklyn SpectatorWe have two major missions: to make a difference in the communityand build people’s businesses, Schneps said. With these types ofevents, we are able to do this.Both Schneps and Scissura discussed the possibility of sponsoringsimilar future functions in the area.The night’s festivities drew political officials like CouncilmemberVincent Gentile and New York City Comptroller John Liu, who praisedBrooklyn Media Group for sponsoring such a lively event.It’s great to see The Home Reporter and The BrooklynSpectator having this kind of neighborhood reception, Liusaid. It really shows how well they understand the community.
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