The Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network raised $170,000 at its third annual Valentine’s Soirée, held on Feb. 9 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown.

The funds will support Bassett’s Arts in Health Care program, an initiative that is designed to reduce stress and promote healing among patients, their families and providers through artistic engagement, according to a media release.

The event featured a selection of activities from the program, including an opportunity for guests to make handmade valentines for patients in Cupid’s Craft Corner, and musical performances from the Joe Siracusa Trio, the Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists program and the Edgewater duo Emily DeSantis and Toby Wilcox — all of whom perform regularly for Bassett patients, the release said.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to be added to next year’s invitation list, contact Sheila LeMaster at the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network office at 607-547-4799.

Delaware Chamber to host job, resource fairs

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is seeking businesses and employers to participate in two upcoming job and resource fairs where they will be connected to a workforce of recent high school and college graduates as well as adults who are eager to obtain employment.

Hosted in partnership with the Delaware County Department of Economic Development and the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency, the events will be held on Wednesday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES in Grand Gorge and Thursday, April 11, at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES Harrold Campus in Masonville.

In addition to presenting an overview of the company and providing descriptions of current job openings, employers are advised to be prepared to interview applicants, accept resumes, and offer advice about how to prepare for employment with the company.

A table with two chairs will be provided, but access to electrical service will not.

There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. To register or for more information visit delawarecounty.org or call 607-746-2281.

Realty firm announces hires

EXIT Realty Homeward Bound announced in a media release this week the additions of Gus Lampo, Nicole Posey and Adam Karns to its team of real estate sales professionals at its Oneonta office.

White's Farm Supply recognized

Outdoor power equipment manufacturer Cub Cadet recognized local dealer White’s Farm Supply Inc. as one of the top 65 independent retailers of its equipment for the year at a ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“The team at White’s Farm Supply Inc. works tirelessly to support their employees and provide quality products and services to their community” Cub Cadet Senior Sales Director Tom Rossman said in a media release. “Their dedication to conducting good business with customers has brought them to the top of their game. We congratulate Art and Doug White and all their employees. With 1,500 dealers across the country, it’s quite an accomplishment to be a top performer, and we look forward to their future success.”

With locations in Franklin, Canastota, Waterville, Schaghticoke and Lowville, White’s Farm Supply Inc. has sold and serviced Cub Cadet equipment for 58 years, according to the release, and has earned distinction as a top-performing dealer for each.

The Ohio-based company designs and manufactures several lines of outdoor power equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, zero turn riding mowers, utility vehicles and snow blowers.

For more information, visit www.whitesfarmsupply.com

Raymond Corp. honored

The Raymond Corp. was recently named to Fast Company’s 2019 Most Innovative Companies list in recognition of its forklift virtual reality simulator, a workplace education tool designed to familiarize operators with the equipment and the controls prior to working in a physical warehouse setting. 

"We are honored that Raymond is recognized among the world’s leading, fast-paced organizations for its innovative solutions,” said Raymond CEO Michael Field. “With tools like the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, Raymond is adding to the rapidly changing e-commerce industry — helping customers manage logistics and manufacturing needs, that ultimately get products into consumers’ hands faster than ever before. This innovation in operator education is crucial for the manufacturing and distribution industries.”

The simulator is the first of its kind in the materials handling industry, according to a media release, and helps build confidence and reinforce operator best practices while contributing to efficiency and productivity in the warehouse.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list recognizes organizations transforming and shaping society across 36 categories, from artificial intelligence to wellness.

Table Rock Bouldering to have ribbon cutting

The Young Professionals Network and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will welcome Table Rock Bouldering to the community, with a  Business After Hours event starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25. A ribbon-cutting will occur at 6 p.m. with celebration and climbing to follow, free of charge.

Table Rock Bouldering is at 6 Market St., Unit B9, in Oneonta.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at seames@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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