HIGH NOTES: Stars for wishes, cards for veterans


In Albany, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York kicked off its 29th Annual Adopt-A-Wish Holiday Campaign to benefit children battling critical illnesses. The campaign, which covers the 518 and 838 area codes, features the sale of paper stars featuring wish kid ambassadors in exchange for a donation. Stars may be purchased at Crossgates Mall, Colonie Center, Wilton Mall, Aviation Mall, Champlain Centre, Wintertime Wonderland in Latham and other area businesses and schools. Stars also may be purchased and donations to the campaign made via a dedicated website: adoptawishneny.org. Shoppers at malls and businesses will be able to use a QR code visible on posters and other collateral to access the site. NYSCOPBA is the campaign’s Presenting Sponsor and M&T Bank is the campaign’s Star Sponsor. The chapter is still in need of volunteers to staff its booths at various malls. To volunteer visit: (https://www.signupgenius.com/?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0DC7C1DBF4CBFF65&cs=09B7BAD88FCC8B177B0B64755BB09BCB. For more information, contact Director of Development Kirsten Broschinsky at [email protected] or 518-456-9474.

In Schenectady, local resident David Giacalone is hosting a fundraiser for the Veterans Miracle Center, which offers veterans and active-duty military personnel real solutions that will enhance their lives, including clothing, personal care and hygiene products, houseware items, ambulatory equipment and toys for their children. Giacalone is offering two-sided 5X7 photocards with envelopes featuring images from the Stockade and Mohawk River for a minimum donation of $1 each. All proceeds go to the Veterans Miracle Center. For more about the fundraiser, including a gallery of the photo images and information how to purchase the cards, visit: https://giacalonephotos.com/veterans/.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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