In Schenectady, hundreds of walkers braved cold and drizzle to raise awareness and money for the fight against hunger as part of the 36th annual downtown CROP Walk. About 400 people participated in the event, which raised about $50,000, about one quarter of which stays locally to help support food pantries and other assistance for the needy. The rest goes to a national organization, Church World Service, and other charities that fight hunger around the globe.
In Clifton Park, the mother of a Shenendehowa student killed in a crash on the Northway along with his passenger in 2012 is helping prevent other tragedies through a public servuce campaign designed to urge people to drive more responsibly. Regina Stewart, the mother of high school senior Chris Stewart, is heading up the Steer Clear campaign, which uses mobile vans covered in ads promoting responsible driving. Shen students are designing the ads for the van, which was donated to the campaign by Mohawk Honda.
In Schenectady, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County celebrated its Ninth Annual National Women Build Week with a kickoff event at a new Habitat home rehab on Robinson Street. The organization's Women Build program provides female volunteers with the opportunity to learn construction skills through hands-on training clinics, as well as on-site instruction. During the April 30 event, the future homeowners, the Gonzalez family, were presented with a hand-crafted plaque from Girl Scout Troop 2336, which also provided lunch. Attendees also were treated to a concert by The Electric City Chorus.
In Johnstown, a $2 million bequest from the estate of Fulton-Montgomery Community College alum Frances Ligmal Allen will be used by the college to help finance the construction of a new office building for the college foundation to be called "Allen House." It will include offices for the Foundation of FMCC and the college president, as well as a board room and meeting space. Some of the money will also be used to renovate the college's locker room facilities. Allen, who frequently funded college scholarships throughout her lifetime, died in December. The construction is contingent on the college receiving a matching state grant.
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