In Latham, employees of BlueShield of Northeastern New York came together to donate $8,000 to local charities around the region. The large portion of the funds came from the company's casual Fridays initiative, which was organized by the company's Blue Crew volunteer committee. The initiative allowed employees to dress down on Fridays in return for a weekly $2 contribution to charity. The company's employees were able to vote on where the funds were sent. Some of the charities that received donations included the Wounded Warrior Project, The Autism Society Albany and the Double H Ranch.
In Clifton Park, the local professional accountability chapters of the Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association held their annual charity golf tournament on Friday. The tournament was played at the Van Patten Golf Club and the event raised approximately $2,000 for Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital.
In Schenectady, students at the Roller School received a dose of West African culture. Zorkie Nelson a wolrd-class traditional Ghanaian musician, worked with students from grades four through six to teach them how to play traditional drums. The program was funded through a grant from the Arts Center of the Capital Region.
In Schenectady, a local restaurant is being reborn literally from the ashes, thanks to a generous donation of a family member. A fire on Jay Street in early March badly damaged several properties, including the Persian Bite restaurant. The restaurant is owned by two brothers, Reza and Rasoul Davaryzand, both Iranian immigrants. The pair's brother-in-law, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak had had plans to open his own cafe. After the fire, he offered the location as the new location of Persian Bite. “I can get another space in the future for my cafe. This was more important. I have another job. I have other things I can do. But these guys needed a restaurant. It’s family helping family,” said Karimi-Hakak.
High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Joseph Tingley at [email protected]