Tioga Downs announced the recipients of the first $250,000 in funding through the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation at a cocktail reception Friday evening.

She’s a graduate student, a published author, the “worst cook in America” and an entrepreneur.

Now, Hazell McKenzie is the recipient of a countywide entrepreneurship grant program to fund student startup businesses.

The grant is given to student-led firms to support students graduating from Binghamton University who want to create business and remain in Broome County.

McKenzie, a mother of two and graduate student in social work at the university’s College of Community and Public Affairs, was given the grant to help fundAdamaDOLL. In an effort to discover child abuse, the doll includes an app that allows a child to confide in it, and then alerts the parents of what has been confided.

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