In Albany, Albany Med raised nearly $632,000 to fight childhood cancer as part of its Miracles Happen Through Melodies fundraising initiative. The fundraiser helped support the hospital’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. In the United States, more than 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed every year. The Albany Med center is the only provider of care for children and teens with cancer and blood disorders in the 25 counties served by the hospital. For the past 40 years, the proceeds of the Melodies of Christmas concerts and the Dancing in the Woods gala have supported the programs of the Melodies Center. For more information on the center and to donate, visit: https://www.amc.edu/patient/services/childrens_hospital/pediatric_hematology_oncology/.
In Saratoga Springs, customers of local restaurants helped raise thousands of dollars to support local restaurants and their employees struggling through the covid epidemic through the Split the Bill promotion. Under the promotion, put together by the Sidgmore Family Foundation, customers who ordered out or dined out at participating restaurants were reimbursed 50% of their receipt, up to $30 per order. Customers just had to order their food, then take a photo of the food and the receipt, in order to receive the reimbursement. Overall, nearly 2,300 people spent nearly $180,000 at city restaurants as part of the initiative. The current promotion ended earlier this month, but others are planned. For information, visit https://www.splitthebillny.com/. For information on the Sidgmore Family Foundation, visit: https://www.sidgmorefoundation.com/ .
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