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Hudson River Housing Announces Recipients Of 2016 Community Builders Awards

Feza Oktay, along with his wife Diane, the owners of North River Roasters in Pougkeepsie, will be honored May 5 as one of three winners of the Hudson River Housing's 2016 Community Builder honor.
Feza Oktay, along with his wife Diane, the owners of North River Roasters in Pougkeepsie, will be honored May 5 as one of three winners of the Hudson River Housing's 2016 Community Builder honor. Photo Credit: Feza Oktay

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Helping others is easy to say. But when it comes to really helping others, Hudson River Housing said its awardees for the 2016 Community Builder Award, do just that at home in Poughkeepsie.

Winners include:

  • Diane and Feza Oktay of North River Roasters for giving hundreds of hours of their time, their skills, and expertise to serve the Hudson River Housing mission, and for launching the social enterprise North River Roasters, which is roasting coffee to generate employment opportunities for the formerly homeless and youth, and enhance revitalization efforts in Middle Main Poughkeepsie, said the Hudson River Housing. North River Roasters will make its home at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory this fall.
  • Mayor Rob Rolison for picking up the baton with gusto and generating new hope for for the city, already creating noticeable impact in the community, said Hudson River Housing.
  • TD Bank for showing unyielding commitment and support for the activities of Hudson River Housing and for their reinforcement of Hudson River Housing’s innovative approach to development through their support of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, said Hudson River Housing.

The gala event will take place on May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Locust Grove. All are welcome to join in honoring these select members of the community who have shown a significant commitment to strengthening lives and communities.

Registration for the event can be found at www.hudsonriverhousing.org . To sponsor the event or contribute a silent auction item call 845-454-5176.

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