In Saratoga Springs, golfers helped raise nearly $160,000 to benefit a nursing scholarship at Saratoga Hospital. The $158,642 was a record for the Saratoga Hospital Golf Invitational, held to benefit the RN Scholarship Program. The event at Saratoga National Golf Club on Sept. 7 featured more than 300 golfers and supporters. In the scholarship program’s 15 years, more than 130 nurses have received degrees or are currently working on them with the help of the money raised at events like this. For more information on the Saratoga Hospital RN Scholarship Program, visit http://saratogahospital.org.
In Niskayuna, parent volunteers from Niskayuna Rowing worked with town highway employees to help install a new retaining wall at the town’s Aqueduct Park. About 36 volunteers put in a nine-hour day in 80-degree heat to remove the retaining wall and replace it with a new one. Town taxpayers also contributed to the effort vicariously, as four town highway workers operated the backhoes and other heavy equipment. The town also donated soil and gravel for the project, which is part of a larger grant-funded improvement project at the park that will include new restrooms and drinking water.
In Rotterdam, a craft fair was held Sunday to raise money for Operation at Ease, a program that puts military veterans together with shelter dogs to help vets with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), brain injuries and other service-related conditions. The dogs go through training before they are paired with veterans. Operation at Ease recently opened a new training center at 203 Central Ave. in Rotterdam. For more information on Operation at Ease, visit operationatease.org.
In Clifton Park, runners, walkers and zumba dancers (yes, zumba) gathered at Clifton Common on Sunday to support children suffering from cancer and to raise awareness about the fight against childhood cancer. The eighth annual Nick’s Run to be Healed featured a 2-mile walk, a 5K run and a family carnival. The day is promoted not just as a fund-raiser, but as an opportunity for anyone affected by cancer to come together and make a difference in someone’s life. The event is named in honor of Nick Cammarata, a 13-year-old boy who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2008. He died that October, and his spirit lives on in events like these.
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