In Saratoga Springs, the 2023 Mother-Lovin’ 5K event on Mother’s Day raised nearly $50,000 for Kelly’s Angels to help local children facing grief and adversity. Organizers said 1,187 people participated in the annual event, both in person and virtually – about 300 more than last year’s record turnout. Kelly’s Angels was founded by NewsChannel 13 reporter Mark Mulholland in honor of his late wife, Kelly, who died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 37, leaving behind two young children. This event is one of several fund-raising efforts the organization hosts each year. For more information and to donate, visit: https://www.kellysangelsinc.org.
In Schenectady, the Schenectady Chapter of Soroptimist International recently presented $1,000 to a young woman working on her degree at SUNY-SCCC. The annual Live Your Dream Award can be used for any expenses that aid in keeping the student on track to earn her degree. It was awarded at the April Award’s Night meeting. The winner wishes to remain anonymous. In addition, the Soroptimist of Schenectady earlier this month held a breakfast-brunch for the women residents of the Y, providing bagels, muffins, juice and other treats while watching the coronation of King Charles together.
In Albany, Rite Aid Healthy Futures has awarded a $5,000 grant to Girls on the Run Capital Region to combat health disparities and advance fitness and friendships among adolescent girls. The latest funding marks the third year of partnership between Girls on the Run and Rite Aid Healthy Futures. The grants are funded through Rite Aid’s KidCents fundraising program. Generous Rite Aid customers can round up the cost of their purchases online or in-store to support children’s health and wellness. Girls on the Run Capital Region plans to use this funding to support diversifying and expanding its program reach across the region and across its organization.
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