In Queensbury, South Glens Falls school students, parents, school staff and local businesses combined to raise more than half a million dollars in a covid-truncated South High Marathon Dance at Six Flags Great Escape on Friday. The annual dance marathon — in which students normally crowd into the high school gym for 28 hours over two days for dancing and activities to benefit local charitable causes — was moved to the amusement park this year due to covid restrictions. The event this year was held for only 13 hours, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Nonetheless, the 44th annual event still managed to raise $506,013 for 24 charities and individuals, a testament to the work of all those involved during a very challenging time.
In the Capital Region, the local entertainment organization Two Buttons Deep (2BD) has collected and donated more than $10,000 to local restaurants over the past six weeks to help these establishments as they struggle through the pandemic. The organization – which among other activities raises money through crowd sourcing to help local restaurant staff who’ve lost tips during the economic shutdown – recently donated $1,500 to Hattie’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. Other recipients of the Big Tip Energy program include the Jay Street Pub in Schenectady, The Bishop in Troy and Son of Egg in Albany. Each week, 2BD selects a new recipient for donation from names submitted by the public and collects donations using Venmo. To help encourage donations, the CDTA provides a $100 gift card each week to a random individual who contributes at least $10 to the weekly fundraising effort. For more information on Two Buttons Deep and to donate to the Big Tip Energy campaign, visit https://www.twobuttonsdeep.com/.
In Schenectady, the Schenectady County Public Library Youth Services librarians have been extremely busy during the pandemic developing virtual programming for youth and families. A year ago, the library launched a Facebook group, “SCPL Youth and Families,” and a YouTube page. The Facebook group recently topped 600 users. Until the library returns to full service, the YouTube page and Facebook page will continue to serve the youth and families in the community. To access the Facebook page, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/452813008838392. To access the YouTube channel, visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCtIL_nmfL_iSjiHNIx6J1A.
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