HIGH NOTES: Benefit for Glenville fire victims, backpacks for kids, feeding the hungry

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In Glenville, a group of members of the Guan-Ho-Ha Fish and Game Club joined together to organize and host a dine-in, take-out pasta dinner to benefit a Glenville family victimized by a house fire. The Dan Diggins family of Glenville lost their entire home and belongings from an early morning structure fire on May 26. The community event, held Aug. 6 in the club banquet hall, featured several gift basket raffles, silent auctions offering a golf outing with retired local newscaster Jack Arnecki and a private flight experience donated by Richmor Aviation. Community vendor donations, including support from the Glenville Hill Fire Company, which responded the morning of the fire, helped defray the cost of hosting the dinner. The group sold more than 200 dinners, raising over $7,000 to assist the Diggins family.

In Gloversville, the nonprofit “I can Breath and I will Speak” group recently donated 132 backpacks and 400 pairs of socks to children in need as part of its third annual Backpack Giveaway in Trail Station Park. The program this year received a $16,300 donation from the “100 Women Who Care” organization. The funding helped provide backpacks to the Gloversville Enlarged School District, as well as other programming to help youths in need.

In the Capital Region, Citizens bank has joined forces with Feeding America in the fight against hunger by donating $20,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to support the operation of the Patroon Land Farm. The farm, located in Voorheesville, has produced over 1 million pounds of vegetables and hosted thousands of volunteers with the goal of providing healthy, organic food to hungry people. Throughout September, Citizens is hosting a virtual food drive supporting Feeding America. Each dollar donated will provide 10 meals in communities served by the bank, and Citizens will match each dollar donated up to $20,000. To donate to the virtual food drive, visit https://teamfeed.feedingamerica.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=10571.

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