In Niskayuna, elementary school kids in an after-school program at the Jewish Community Center in Niskayuna recently enjoyed a new accessible playground, thanks to generous donors and a donation from the Kahn family. The Ernest & Gloria Kahn Playground, for kids ages 5 to 12, and was designed to be accessible to children with disabilities. The new $200,000 playground features a zip-line, three slides and other climbing obstacles. Most of the money came through campaign fundraising and a donation of undisclosed value from the Kahns.
In Albany, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York will be holding its annual gala to raise money to provide wishes for children with critical illnesses in our area. The Hope Shines Brightly Virtual Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, and will air on wishgalaneny.org and the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Facebook page. The annual gala, being held virtually for the second year in a row, will feature more than a dozen wish kids, with several being spotlighted, according to a press release. The evening will feature the chapter’s signature online auction, with items ranging from vacation packages to gift certificates from local merchants to so much more that meets every price point. The gala serves to highlight the organization’s mission and energize those inspired by the power of wish. The local Make-A-Wish chapter grants 90-100 wishes in a normal year, and has granted nearly 2,000 wishes since 1987. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/neny and discover how you can share the power of a wish. To donate or bid on auction items ahead of the gala or on gala night, visit wishgalaneny.org.
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