SOLVAY, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary continued to carry on tradition today by hosting a bake sale outside of the Solvay-Geddes polling location.
Voters and polling officials were not the only early-risers this morning, as bake sale volunteers began their fundraisers as soon as the doors opened. Adelaide Silvia, one of today’s volunteers and the former president of the auxiliary group, said running the sale is in her genes.
“Years and years ago, my parents belonged to the organization and it was kind of tradition,” Silvia said. “I live in the village, so I thought I would join the organization.”
The members of the group baked the treats themselves last night and began their sale as soon as the polls opened this morning.
According to Silvia, the Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary has candidates come in regularly to speak with them. A lot of members regularly read the news and attend political rallies to stay informed with election news.
To Silvia, volunteering at Election Day is just as important as voting. She volunteers and votes every year because of the civic duty she feels she has as a United States citizen.
“It’s a privilege to be an American citizen,” Silvia said. “That’s what we are here – we’re America and that’s the land of the free and the brave and voting is a privilege.”
All of the money from the bake sale will go to the Solvay-Geddes Youth Center, which is where the bake sale was located today. Even though it is a minor election, the auxiliary group still expects to raise a lot of money.