Foundation Events

  • Day Of Golf Tuesday, May 26
  • Youth Leadership Recognition Dinner Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  • Leadership Dutchess Graduation Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • The Chamber Foundation Spotlight

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    KeyBank Donates $3,500 To Mentoring

    Job Placement Guidance Offered

    KeyBank has donated $3,500 to The Chamber Foundation, the nonprofit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, to support the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center’s iTrain Employment Mentoring Program.  

    The iTrain Employment Mentoring program was created in 2012 to address increasing economic challenges in Dutchess County. With competition for entry-level jobs high and employers reporting frustration at not being able to find skilled workers, development of the iTrain Employment Mentoring Program became a priority. 

    The iTrain Employment Mentoring Program provides a platform for personal and professional advancement.  The mentee develops necessary hard skills while learning how to manage interpersonal relationships in the workplace.  This is done using partners both inside and outside of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and through internal workshops, trainings and one-to-one sessions.  In addition, a wage subsidy is offered to employers.

    “Mentorship is a significant component of the mission of The Chamber Foundation and the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center,” said Nicholas Shannon, Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation.  “We’re thankful that a great community partner like KeyBank saw fit to support our mission.”  

    “The mentoring work done by both The Chamber Foundation and the Workforce Development Center is an important component of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s economic development strategy,” said Frank Castella Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “We’re doing everything we can to make sure Dutchess County has the deepest and most skilled workforce possible to support the businesses in our region.”

    For more than 27 years, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system.  The center’s staff members strive to increase business access to qualified workers and ensure that income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities and job retention. Their programs are run in cooperation with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.

    “Educational environments and support systems that help people realize their full potential is critical for building economically strong communities,” said Ruth Mahoney, president, Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market, KeyBank. “This is why we are proud to support the Workforce Development Center and the iTrain Employment Mentoring Program. By creating opportunities for people to discover new ways to open their minds and enrich their lives, we hope to motivate them to strive for even greater achievements in their future.”

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for area youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the future of economic growth in the Hudson Valley region. The Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service.  For more information, visit

    KeyCorp traces its roots back more than 180 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $93.8 billion. The eight-county Hudson Valley/Metro NY Market has 47 branches, approximately 53 ATMs and nearly 550 employees.

    Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and midsize businesses in 12 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is member FDIC.

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    Kangas, Cavaliere Win Big at Twisted Gala

    Duo Split $8,000 Cash Prize


    Meyer Contracting served as the Twisted Gala reception sponsor. 

    Woodstock Harley-Davidson was the supporting partner. 

    The event was sponsored by: COBESO, Inc.; Zott Construction; N&S Supply; TimothyP. Doyle Funeral Home; Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell,LLP; S&O Construction Services; D’Arcangelo & Co.; Eagle Riverview Group, Inc.; Harmon & Castella Printing; Hudson CadillacBuick GMC; Hudson Valley Office Furniture; Palace Diner; QB Collision; T. Webber Plumbing Heating and Air

    Superior Sounds and Rutberg BreslowPersonal Injury Law were the entertainment sponsors.  Catania, Mahon,Milligram and Rider served as the accessory package sponsor and RadioWoodstock joined on as the media partner.