Jessica Flash, left, and Allyson Nemeth received a check Wednesday from Josh Pabon, assistant manager of Bottle Junction. The money comes from patrons of Bottle Junction who decide to donate their bottle deposits to "Cooking for Cancer."
Every little bit helps for "Cooking for Cancer," which, in turn, contributes the money to Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY. Carly's supports children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and raises money for pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The bottle fundraiser is just one way the 12-year-old Islanders are raising money. They conduct bake sales, will hold a "shopping extravaganza" Nov. 2 at St. Stephen School, and run the "pasta sauce-off" at the LaSalle Yacht Club.
"We're having a meeting this weekend, and we're going to start planning for the second 'pasta sauce-off,' " Nemeth said. It's Feb. 28, 2015, at the LaSalle Yacht Club.
"They raised just about $6,000 last year at the event," noted Kim Nemeth, Allyson's mom.
"Hoping to do a little more," Flash added.
Pabon said many Island charitable organizations have set up accounts to take donations of bottle deposit money. Those interested in setting up their own account can stop in Bottle Junction next to Mighty Taco in the Grand Island Plaza and see Bottle Junction Manager Caitlin Siracuse.