SKANEATELES | Less than a month ago, The Krebs owners Adam and Kim Weitsman continued their mission of donating the restaurant's proceeds by giving $5,000 to Dr. Mary McLaughlin, a rehabilitation psychologist who works with the homeless.

On Friday, the Weitsmans added to their commitment to contribute at least $100,000 annually to central New York charities by donating $16,000 among 12 nonprofit organizations.

"This means a lot to Adam and I," Kim Weitsman said during a presentation at the restaurant. "We appreciate having a platform ... from where we can donate to the community."

To show their appreciation to the organizations and their contributions to their communities, this is how the Weitsmans are saying thanks.

Like the rest of the donation recipients, Judy Gelston, from the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry, got a phone call from out of the blue.

The organization is associated with Food Bank of CNY and helps families with food and items that cannot necessarily be purchased with food stamps.

"We are very fortunate," Gelston said. "With the economic times ... some of the things people need are not covered by food stamps. We help those people get the things they need."

With this donation, she said the families, those struggling to find work and those trying to get by, can benefit.

Children's programming will also benefit. Oscar Vergara, director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Peace Inc. is grateful for the contribution.

"Every year, we have 350 participants in our school programming," he said, noting that the organization sees almost 100 participants during the summer. "We have a waiting list of kids."

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The mentoring program continues to seek volunteers as often as possible because it wants to provide positive role models for the students to look up to. It's as simple as hanging out and having a conversation, giving a child someone to talk and objectively relate to. 

How beneficial is the program? Well, some students return, volunteer and become the mentor. From the Weitsman's generosity, the programs will benefit.

"This shows leadership and vision," said Alan Thornton, CEO of the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, about Adam and Kim Weitsman.

His nonprofit has received donations in the past from The Krebs proceeds, but this addition was just as unexpected.

The money goes towards helping families and the homeless, providing food and shelter to those in need in Syracuse, Auburn and surrounding communities.

Thornton complimented the Weitsmans and their work "behind the scenes," but the couple is very visible. He said private donations to the Rescue Mission and other nonprofits do go a long way because the money goes directly to the business.

"To take on this project (The Krebs) and this mission says a lot," he added.

The 12 organizations who received donations Friday from the Weitsmans are:

  • American Red Cross CNY
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse
  • Charity for Children
  • CNY Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Food Bank of CNY
  • Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
  • Make-A-Wish CNY
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY
  • Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry
  • Todd's Fund

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Skaneateles Journal reporter Christopher Malone can be reached at or 282-2230. Follow him on Twitter @Skan_Malone.