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Chappaqua Merchants Have Spring Madness

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Dozens of restaurants and merchants in Chappaqua will be offering discounted prices until May 15 as participants in the Chappaqua School Foundation's Spring Madness event.

The event, which is in its second year, serves to build awareness for the foundation's largest annual fundraiser, Spring Benefit.

"We are ahead of last year in terms of merchant participation, so we're very happy about that," said CSF President Michael Kaufman. "And I think that's because a lot of merchants and restaurants saw that was a good thing to do last year, so they re-upped and new ones came aboard."

Currently, 61 stores in the area are running specials for any customer who also purchases a ticket to the benefit. The 18th annual silent auction and dinner event will be held at the Trump National Golf Club on April 27.

"Spring Madness really encourages, hopefully, members of the community to buy tickets to our event," Kaufman said. "And then their incentive for doing that is to give them discounts for merchants and restaurants."

Deals include 25 percent off any purchase at Auntie Penny, a free yoga class at Marmalade, a waived initiation fee at Willowbrook Swim and Tennis Club and more.

"The merchants and restaurants who participate in Spring Madness, all of them have also donated through an auction item or just a straight donation to our benefit," Kaufman said. "So it's kind of a circle of benefits."

On March 20, CSF donated 14 grants totaling $104,044 to the district's six schools. The non-profit organization has raised more than $1.5 million and funded almost 200 grants and projects since its inception in 1993, the organization said. In 2011, CSF's donations were used to fund e-readers, SMART boards, digital audio books, Rachel's Challenge and more.

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