In Duanesburg, students are doing their part to help wounded veterans by raising money for a program that provides military veterans at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany with basic necessities. Students at Duanesburg Elementary School held a Veterans Day ceremony earlier this month, during which they collected donations and money for the soldiers. And members of the Duanesburg Senior High School girls soccer team held bake sales and car washes to raise money for the project. Farther south, members of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Stuyvesant Falls (Columbia County) held a Father’s Day pancake breakfast, with all proceeds going to the hospital. The effort to raise money for these basic necessities was started 20 years ago by Watervliet resident Marcia Carlson, who continues to support the soldiers and who expressed gratitude for all those who’ve contributed to the cause.
In Schenectady, 200 youngsters whose families normally cannot afford to experience musicals at Proctors got to experience Disney’s Broadway musical “Frozen” on Nov. 21. The tickets were distributed among the following 11 service organizations that run after-school programs serving Schenectady youth: Boys Day Out, Bright Beginnings, COCOA House, Community Fathers Inc., Emily Wiley Foundation, Girls Day Out, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Northern Rivers Family of Services, SEAT Center, YMCA Schenectady and YWCA NorthEastern NY. Led by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corps and the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, the following businesses and organizations provided the funds for the students to enjoy the music, arts and theater of the Broadway musical: Combined Insurance; Discover Schenectady; Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation; Ron Gardner of the Schenectady Affirmative Action & Advisory Committee; Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County; Martin, Harding & Mazzotti law firm; Northern Rivers Family of Services; Northwestern Mutual; Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s MLK Coalition; The Schenectady Foundation; the Schenectady Police Department and YMCA Schenectady.
In Glenville, members of the Glenville Police Department are growing beards (normally against department policy) as part of a month-long effort to raise money for a local girl suffering from a form of muscular dystrophy. Vivian White, an 8-year-old third-grader at Pashley Elementary School, suffers from with Limb Girdle muscular dystrophy, a condition that affects the muscles in the shoulders, upper arms, pelvis and thighs. Each member of the police force donated at least $30 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in return for being allowed to grow a beard for the month of November. So far, the effort — held with support from the Glenville Town Board and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District — has raised more than $1,000. The campaign will culminate with a pasta dinner fundraiser on Dec. 5. To make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, visit https://www.mda.org/, or send a check or money order to the Glenville Police Benevolent Association, PO Box 2515, or through the PBA website at Glenville PBA.org.
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