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Albany eatery raising money for Double H Ranch Foundation

April 12, 2018 02:06 PM

ALBANY – On this National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, the owner of Capitol Melts on State St. found a way to combine his menu with a charitable effort – to give the Double H Ranch a delicious donation.

For every sandwich sold, $1 was donated to the Lake Luzerne retreat founded by Charles Wood and Paul Newman to help seriously ill children. They also took donations at the register. Last year, "Capitol Melts" did this effort for another charity and raised $1,000. He's hoping that between breakfast and lunch and extra donations to cheesily-surpass that total this year.

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Open 25 years, Double H has served over 60,000 kids.

"At Double-H they can do everything," said T.J. Roode, the Development Coordinator for Double H. "’No’ is not a word. We have a high ropes course, we have arts and crafts, we have a barn where they can go horseback riding, we have archery and another cool thing is we have a winter adaptive program where kids can come ski and snowboard."

Gabe Donovan, who turns 14 on Sunday, was there Thursday morning to partake in the Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese before his science quiz at Christian Brothers Academy. He was at Double H for both summer and winter programs.

"In their MRIs, in their hospital gowns, in their hard days at school with teasing, it's a place that they can feel normal and they are not the outcasts," said Donovan, who has neurofibromatosis. A brain tumor was discovered early in his life.

"We were up watching him ski earlier this year," said Capitol Melts owner Bob Haggerty, "and it's just a great thing for all those kids to enjoy that summer in the Adirondacks."

Capitol Melts is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It's closed on weekends.

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