HIGH NOTES: Helping frontline workers, end of life care, museum facelift


In Saratoga County, FLAG Saratoga has revived its efforts to help front-line healthcare and hospital workers in the wake of a spike in covid cases. FLAG Saratoga was founded in the spring of 2020 by Saratoga residents Nadine Burke, Becky Kern, Andrea Macy and Lisa Munter, and in less than two months raised more than $40,000. The money went to purchase 4,000 meals and gift cards, that were delivered to more than 30 different hospital departments, nursing homes, fire, police and EMS departments throughout the Saratoga area. With a new spike in covid cases again placing a strain on healthcare workers, the group is working with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Hospital Foundation to raise money for the workers, with a goal of $40,000. All money will go directly into providing meals, snacks and other resources needed. To donate, visit https://secure.givelively.org/donate/saratoga-county-foundation-inc/flag-for-saratoga.

In Schenectady, individuals and businesses raised more than $17,000 to help care for individuals at the end of their lives, through the Joan Nicole Prince Home’s 2021 Holiday Sponsor A Patient Campaign. The Joan Nicole Prince Home provides a safe, comfortable, caring residence to terminally ill patients in need of a home during their final days and is run 100% on community donations. At $25 a day, the community raised enough to support residents for more than 680 days of care, allowing residents to stay free of charge. Donations provide services such as 24/7 bedside care, meals and a safe environment. Among the local businesses and organizations contributing to the campaign were Adirondack Pest Control, Anker’s Auto Service, Find Your Dreams, Inc., Glenville Funeral Home, Immaculate Conception Church, R.A. Fuerst Law Group and Scotia Rotary. To learn more and to donate, visit: https://www.joannicoleprincehome.org/sponsorapatient.

In Ballston Spa, donors contributed more than $30,000 to help preserve and upgrade the historic Brookside Museum as part of the Saratoga County History Center’s 2021 fundraising campaign, “Preserve the Porch!” The campaign, held during November and December, raised $20,720 from donors, plus another $10,000 match from an anonymous donor to bring the total raised to $30,720. The funds will be used to replace the building’s storm windows and make extensive repairs to the museum’s iconic front porch and portico. For more information on the Brookside Museum, visit: https://brooksidemuseum.org/.

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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