In Schenectady, a $50,000 grant as part of the Lowe’s Stores Community Heroes program is helping support critical renovations of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady’s Rotterdam Unit. The renovations, which will be officially revealed today, include updates to the education/theater, swimming pool, game room, learning kitchen, bathrooms, gymnasium, program rooms and art room, according to a press release. Among those helping out were 50 Lowe’s employees. BBL Construction donated its time to manage aspects of the project that required professional oversight. For more information on the Lowe’s partnership with Boys & Girls clubs, visit www.bgca.org/about-us/our-partners/lowes. For information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, visit www.bgcaschenectady.org.
In Saratoga Springs, about 300 runners recently participated in a 5K race to benefit a program that cares for retired race horses. The ninth annual Run for the Horses, organized by Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors, was held in Saratoga Spa State Park. Money raised from the event is being split between the Heading for Home adoption center and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. About 7,000 race horses retire every year. These programs help care for the horses and find other ways they can serve, such as for use as police horses or in rehabilitation-care efforts. For more information on Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors, visit www.trfinc.org/racehorse-aftercare-charities-of-saratoga.
In Saratoga Springs, the New York Racing Association helped raise money for research into breast cancer during its Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course in August. The annual event included welcoming breast cancer survivors to the winner’s circle prior to several races. Among the many other fundraising elements of the event, NYRA and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association presented a $10,600 donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year, the foundation awarded $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries. For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit www.bcrf.org.
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