High Notes: March 13, 2017

Celebrating our communities' good work
A passerby discovered the dog near the corner of Burdeck and North Thompson streets.
A passerby discovered the dog near the corner of Burdeck and North Thompson streets.

In Schenectady, bowlers helped raise money in the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the 2nd Annual Skip’s Sealcoating Just “9” Tavern Tournament at Towne Bowling Academy earlier this month. Proceeds from the bowling tournament and other fundraising events that night benefited the Tyler DeMarco Foundation. In addition to a tournament, the event featured a raffle and live music by Patrick Sharrow & the Convoy. Skip Skoda of Skip’s Sealcoating helped sponsor the event, which was hosted by Marty Capullo Jr. of Towne Bowling Academy and organized by Brian and Shannon Haas. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go toward improving the life of a child fighting cancer. Visit the foundation’s website,, to view photos of the event and learn more about the organization’s mission.

In Schenectady, employees at Golub Corp. teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise $10,000 and send an 18-year-old leukemia patient and her family on a dream trip to Hawaii. Kacey Sisco of South Glens Falls was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood, in October 2015. She has since undergone numerous blood and platelet transfusions and surgery to install a port in her chest. As part of its regular support of the foundation, Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper and Market 32 supermarkets, issued a challenge to its headquarters and distribution staffs to raise money for Kacey’s wish. Employees had heard about her struggles and offered to help fulfill her dream of visiting Hawaii. Kacey and her family were recently treated to a Hawaii-themed reception and presented with giant “boarding passes” as part of their gift.

In Rotterdam, donors have contributed more than $6,200 toward a reward for the person responsible for the death of a dog whose body was discovered in a garbage bag off Burdeck and North Thompson streets on Feb. 28. Among the donations was a $1,000 contribution from the New York State Humane Association. The young Lhasa Apso had been severely neglected prior to its death. Its injuries included head trauma and two dislocated legs. Contact police at 355-7397 if you have information.

In South Glens Falls, the annual South High Marathon Dance featured in this space last week, raised more than $823,600 to benefit 40 charitable organizations and families in need. The money raised during the 28-hour dance marathon shattered the event’s previous record and brought its 40-year total raised to over $6.4 million. Among this year’s recipients was the family of Wilton State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was struck and killed by a car while helping a stranded truck-driver in October.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected].

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