HIGH NOTES: Food drive, nursing scholarships, park clean-up

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In Saratoga Springs, the 2020 Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational presented by A.O.W. Associates, Inc. recently raised $157,552 for the hospital’s Nursing Scholarship Program. Mary Solomons, executive director of Saratoga Hospital Foundation, said that even in a year of challenges and change, the tournament exceeded what was raised in 2019. She noted that the community’s generous support helped fund 53 nursing scholarship awards this year. Since the scholarship program was launched in 2002, 135 recipients have earned their associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. In addition to A.O.W. Associates, major event sponsors included Pepsi Beverages Company, Saratoga National Golf Club, North Country Janitorial, Adirondack Trust Company and Camelot Print & Copy Center.

In Schenectady, members and guests of the Schenectady Rotary Club recently gathered for a fall clean-up project at Vale Park on Nott Terrace in Schenectady. The club performs community services like the clean-up and also has supported charitable initiatives for numerous local causes, including Hamilton Hill Arts Center, the Salvation Army, Schenectady ARC, Steinmetz Leadership and Learning Center, BNI Better Neighborhood, the YWCA, SICM and Habitat for Humanity among others. SRC is celebrating its centennial by gifting a commemorative “street clock” to the city of Schenectady on Erie Boulevard, and SRC continues to support Polio Plus and a pure water filtration project in Haiti.

In Amsterdam, Hill & Markes, a family-owned wholesale distributor, recently hosted a successful Stuff the Truck food drive for Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Hill & Markes employees teamed up with community members, vendors of Hill & Markes and local companies like Stewart’s Shops, Hannaford, Beech-Nut, and St. Mary’s to collect more than three pallets of food and a monetary donation of $4,500. The donation was brought to Catholic Charities and will be distributed to people in need.

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