Along with veteran cow kisser John Bernardi -- the President and CEO of United Way of the Adirondack Region -- six other leaders and members of the regional business community gathered at Miner Institute for a Valentine's Day cow kissing event to mark the end of a successful campaign.
This year, Bernardi and his team suggested that the cow kissing event raise funds that will be targeted for youth mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. The goal was to raise $5,000, but the generous people of the North Country once again rallied and we raised more than $8,300!
Four-year-old Holstein Alice is no stranger to smooches as she puckered up for last year's event as well. Alice was kissed this year by Lee Rivers of Community Connections of Franklin County; Todd McCarthy of Lenny's Shoe and Apparel; Hannah Provost of Lomanto - Provost Financial Advisors; Collin McCullough of Northern Insuring Agency; Monticia Prather of Community Bank; and Gaelan Trombley of Kavanaugh Realty.
Deena Giltz McCullough was also in attendance and as an alumnus of last year's event she came in for a kiss also.
Partnering with the United Way of the Adirondack Region is such a great way to give back to our community and to help carry on the legacy of William and Alice Miner.
Dairy Intern Lianara Morciglio Matias, left; Alice (the cow); and Herdsperson Conner LaPierre.