In January 2024, the family of Eli and George Shaheen, donated many pairs of men’s, women, and children’s footwear along with boots, West Side Boutique Coordinator Nancy Robert reported.

In 2023 both Eli Shaheen Sr., and his cousin, George Shaheen who operated Utica’s well-known custom and orthopedic shoe store for 71 years, passed away.

“The store has recently closed operation and in remembrance of Eli and George, the family donated remaining footwear, valued at $10,000 to Mother Marianne’s West Side Boutique,” she said.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation which is helping many people in need!”