FaithActs Founder, Pastor William McCullough, at the National Day of Prayer & Action hosted by FaithActs for Education outside the Connecticut State Capitol on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Hartford, Conn. (photo credit: Sabrina Flores/Relentless)

Speaker of the House Matt Ritter: “I should just say yes and leave and drop the mic”

HARTFORD, CONN. (May 11, 2021) — Over 100 pastors, parents, and education advocates with FaithActs for Education demanded the Connecticut General Assembly end the state’s racist and classist education funding system, and replace it with legislation that will bring about education justice for all children.

FaithActs was joined by Speaker of the House Matt Ritter, House Majority Leader Jason Rojas, Rep. Brandon McGee, Rep. Jeff Currey, Rep. Antonio Felipe, and Rep. …


#518TulipTracker scavenger hunt launched by Discover Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 5, 2021) — Discover Albany, the City of Albany’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Citizens Bank and the City of Albany Department of General Services, have collaborated to bring the #518TulipTracker back to the Capital Region. The Tulip Festival will not draw crowds for the second year in a row. However, the #518TulipTracker, the self-guided Tulip & Garden driving tours, and even an interview with the 50th Anniversary Tulip Queen, all aim to bring the Tulip Fest to life online.

The City of Albany’s Virtual Tulip Festival will be held throughout…


Donation will help secure and outfit new Feed Albany location and kitchen

Feed Albany officials are joined by Ostroff Associates in announcing $25,000 donation toward the Albany-based non-profit (photo credit: Joah Alindato/Relentless)

ALBANY, N.Y (April 29, 2021) — Feed Albany is proud to announce that Albany-based Ostroff Associates has pledged $25,000 to match the goal of their Spring 2021 fundraising campaign.

Feed Albany, which currently utilizes commercial kitchens in Downtown Albany (primarily dp: An American Brasserie) to produce freshly cooked meals that are distributed each Wednesday, is utilizing the fundraiser to support moving to its own facility in Sheridan Hollow and outfitting a fully functioning commercial kitchen.

To date, Feed Albany has raised more than $400,000 from generous donors across…


Photo credit: Sabrina Flores, Relentless Awareness

Over $44,000 given to arts & tourism organizations, Dominick Purnomo recognized with Hospitality Excellence Award

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 29, 2021) — Discover Albany, Albany County’s convention and visitors bureau, held its 2021 Annual Celebration of Hospitality Excellence at the Albany Capital Center on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The event also served as the bureau’s annual meeting.

Discover Albany announced the recipients of the 2021 Michele L. Vennard Hospitality Grant, with a combined total of more than $44,000 distributed among 13 different organizations. …


Jack Carpenter and Taylor Rao, co-founders of 2BD, with Sal Porterfield, Hattie’s Restaurant bartender

Fundraising efforts aim to give restaurants their “biggest tip ever received”

NEW YORK (April 22, 2021) — Two Buttons Deep (“2BD”) has officially raised more than $10,000 for Upstate New York restaurants after just six weeks of its “Big Tip Energy” campaign, where every Friday, 2BD selects an establishment at random and crowdsources what they hope will be, “the biggest tip [each restaurant] has ever seen.”

Week six took place at Hattie’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. …


BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (April 21, 2021) — Statement by Pastor William McCullough, Founder and Senior Advisor of FaithActs for Education, regarding the budget passed by Connecticut’s Appropriations Committee:

“We appreciate the steps that the Appropriations Committee, and especially its chairs Representative Toni Walker and Senator Cathy Osten, have taken to address our state’s fundamentally racist and classist education funding system. Their budget would make funding more equitable by reflecting the learning needs of English learners and children in communities with concentrated poverty. It would also increase funding for schools of choice, which overwhelmingly serve students of color.

“We also know that…


Self-guided driving tour presented by Discover Albany and the Albany Public Library

ALBANY, N.Y. (April. 21, 2021) — Discover Albany has partnered with the Albany Public Library to present the ‘Albany History Race: Beers Through the Years’ on Saturday, April 24. This Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt will bring participants on a self-guided driving tour of Albany’s historic breweries. The hunt was inspired by the “Neighborhood Brew Tours” series, developed by Albany Ale Project historian Craig Gravina.

Beginning and ending at Quackenbush Square, teams of up to six people will race against the clock to each listed destination and snap a…


Red Cross of Eastern New York to host a regional all-day event of blood drives and a virtual celebration

ALBANY, SYRACUSE, and POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (April 20, 2021) — The American Red Cross will celebrate its 140th anniversary on May 21, 2021. To honor the anniversary, the Red Cross Eastern New York Region will host six blood drives followed by a live streamed virtual event celebrating the work of the Red Cross with special celebrity guest appearances. The Eastern New York Region serves 27 counties and more than 3.6 million people.

“For 140 years the Red Cross has been there for…


Dr. Rachel Mason (photo credit: Perspectives Plastic Surgery)

Mason: “A lot of women find it easier to talk to other women about their bodies and the good news is more and more women are becoming plastic surgeons for that very reason.”

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 20, 2021) — Perspectives Plastic Surgery (“PPS”), an all-female plastic surgery practice, announced its official opening date of May 3, 2021 in Las Vegas. The practice will be managed and operated by Board-certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Rachel Mason.

Dr. Rachel Mason is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive care. Dr. Mason practices with the belief…


Fundraising efforts aim to give restaurants their “biggest tip ever received”

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 20, 2021) — Two Buttons Deep (“2BD”) has officially raised more than $10,000 for local restaurants after just six weeks of its “Big Tip Energy” campaign, where every Friday, 2BD selects an establishment at random and crowdsources what they hope will be, “the biggest tip [each restaurant] has ever seen.” Week six took place at Hattie’s Restaurant. 2BD delivered a $1,500 tip to benefit the restaurant and its staff in the early weeks of their reopening after reducing its hours and closing for much of the…

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