HIGH NOTES: Blood donations for bus driver, tuition for low-income students, 4-H capital project


In Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Lions Club is doing its part to support local agricultural education by hosting its Mid-Winter Party for a Cause. The party, to be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at The Hideaway at Saratoga Lake Golf Course, will benefit the Saratoga 4-H’s Lead the Legacy Capital Campaign. The campaign is raising money to expand the Training Center on Middleline Road in Ballston Spa. The party will feature live music from The Downtown Horns, as well as a cash bar, limited menu, door prizes and raffles. Tickets are $10, and attendance is limited to about 250. For more information about the Mid-Winter Party for a Cause, the Lead the Legacy Campaign and 4-H Youth Development of Saratoga County, contact Saratoga County 4-H office at 518-885-8995 or visit http://ccesaratoga.org/.

In Schenectady, donors to Union College helped raise $20 million to help low-income students enroll at the college. Nearly 200 donors had helped the college meet its goal and helping bring to 85 the number of Pell Grant-eligible students it enrolls each year. Among the donations was one anonymous $3 million donation, seven donations of $1 million or more, and others made smaller but still large donations. It costs about $76,000 a year to attend Union, but a lot of that can be offset by grants and other financial aid, especially by students coming from low-income families.

In Lake George, friends Lake George Central School bus driver Erich Neuffer are actively seeking out blood donations to help Neuffer in his fight against a rare form of lymphoma. Neuffer has the rare blood type, B-negative, which makes it even more challenging for him to get the regular transfusions he needs in the wake of an emergency-level national blood shortage, according to a Facebook post by Lake George High School Alumni. He recently had a scare when his blood count dipped to dangerously low levels, a condition that can potentially lead to liver and kidney damage. For those that wish to donate B-negative or O-negative blood (universal donors), go to redcrossblood.org and seek out a local blood drive near you. When you arrive for your appointment, indicate to the receptionist that you are making a Directed Donation for Erich Neuffer.

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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