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.
"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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