Loudonville woman at her best when helping others

August 18, 2016 05:25 PM

She volunteers and gives back, some say, to a fault. However, a Loudonville woman is in her element when she is helping others.

Tess Collins grew up in Lansingburgh, always wanting to help others.

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"My background was taking classes in drugs and alcohol, and volunteering, I do a lot of volunteering," she explained.

Her dad probably had something to do with that. He was a generous man, who owned a diner.

"I always say my father was the first ‘Meals on Wheels,’ because even in a snowstorm, he would make us go out and drop off coffee and sandwiches to the community," recalled Collins.

Her classes took a backseat though, when she turned to something that she knew – restaurants and fundraising for others.

"I’ve always been in the restaurant business and I was sought as a resource for people to help people," she explained.

In 2010, she became the manager/owner of McGeary’s Irish Pub and continues her acts of kindness.

"We’re doing a ‘Kayak for Kids’ fundraiser, to raise money for a school for autism and for foster children who are headed to college, and Tess very generously gave us a gift card and a couple of T-shirts," noted Monica Mahaffey with Kayak for Kids.

It is not just fundraisers. Collins is also famous for giving people a scond chance, and coming to their aid in their darkest times.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple has always called on Collins, like the time a crime victim needed a place to stay.

"She just knew that he was involved in a horrific crime, and that his partner was shot dead in front of her," explained Sheriff Apple.

Some even feel she’s helped women and given them more control in a business controlled by men – strip clubs. In 2014, she took over DiCarlo’s Gentleman’s Club. In fact, it is owned and run by women.

"We became a team. As a team, I think we have a really good balance of people with skills," noted Collins.


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