Oprah touches HV hearts, even in final moments

The final episode of Oprah Winfrey's world-famous daytime talk show aired yesterday, and people in the Hudson Valley who have been touched by the celebrity's generosity took time to reflect on Winfrey's legacy, and what it means to them.

Chris Gentry, of White Plains, was one of 300 graduates from Morehouse College who surprised Oprah at the taping of one of her final shows. Gentry received a four-year, $40,000 scholarship from Winfrey's foundation, and says the superstar was absolutely speechless to see him and the other graduates. Winfrey also featured Carousel Cakes, of Nanuet, in her "O" magazine for its red velvet cake and cupcakes. Nancy Finkelstein, of Carousel Cakes, says that Winfrey's generosity was so heartwarming, that she even felt the need to somehow pay her back, or at least pay it forward.

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