In Ballston Spa, the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa helped raise awareness and money to fight child poverty, one penny at a time. The church's Penny Project, which was designed to raise enough money through the donation of pennies to provide a week of lunches for the church's summer lunch program, was a great success. The fund-raiser exceeded its goal of $928 by collecting $1,006.76. That's over 100,000 pennies, or more than 500 pounds worth of the coins. The Penny Project co-chairs are Robbie Pierre and Eugene Hickok. This summer, the church will provide over 750 lunches to impoverished local children in grades K-12.
In Fulton County, about 50 volunteers participated in the Fulton County Sheriff's Association annual barbecue and pig roast to raise money for the department's K-9 police dog program and its Marine Patrol program. Among the 400 people attending the fund-raiser were elected officials and political candidates. Local businesses, organizations and individuals contributed to the effort, which raised more than $6,500 for the K-9 unit and more than $1,000 for the boat and snowmobile patrols.
In Orlando, Fla., Imran Yousuf, a 2010 graduate of Niskayuna High School, is being praised as a hero for helping rescue 60 to 70 people from the Pulse nightclub during last week's massacre. The former Marine, who recently moved to Florida to be near his family, helped lead frightened patrons to safety through a back door of the club and then helped carry shooting victims to waiting ambulances. For more information on his heroics, see our article by clicking www.dailygazette.com/news/2016/jun/14/niskayuna-grad-orlando-hero_wv.
In Rotterdam, Army veteran Bob Serotta helped restore dignity to the Stars and Stripes by organizing a local flag exchange. Serotta, commander of the Rotterdam Disabled American Veterans chapter, worked with Home Depot to secure 60 flags, which he offered free to individuals who brought in their old, worn flags. He hopes to hold a similar exchange in the future.
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 Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]