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High Notes: Help for crash victims, school grants

High Notes: Help for crash victims, school grants

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Help for crash victims, school grants
“Healing Schoharie” benefit concert at Mohawk Harbor on Sunday for the victims of the Schoharie limo crash.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

In Schenectady, hundreds of people came together at Mohawk Harbor to help support the families of the victims and first responders affected by the Oct. 6 limousine crash that killed 20 people in Amsterdam.

For a $10 cover charge, attendees were treated to a benefit concert by Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station, as well as performances by Union College’s three a cappella groups: the Eliphalets, the Dutch Pipers and the Garnet Minstrelles.

The fundraising event, “Healing Schoharie,” was organized by Union College volunteers and other local organizations, including Proctors, the Galesi Group and Rivers Casino & Resort.

Druthers Brewing at Mohawk Harbor donated all proceeds from its beer sales at the event and 50 percent of all customer checks served at the restaurant to the effort. Other food vendors also donated a percentage of their sales.

As of Nov. 1, the event had raised more than $43,000* for the Healing Schoharie Benefit Fund. If you’d still like to donate, visit: https://www.healingschoharie.com/.

In Ballston Spa, the family of the late Fred Reiners has donated more than $100,000 from a family trust fund to the Ballston Spa Education Foundation to help the district provide grants to Ballston Spa teachers and support other educational efforts in classrooms.

The full balance of money in The Fred Reiners Charitable Trust is being donated by Reiners’ wife, Susan Helm, and children Scott Reiners, Kelly Holzworth and Lindsay Salazar. It will be used by teachers for special programs and supplies that aren’t funded by the district’s school budget.

Fred Reiners, who was involved in Ballston Spa youth programs and Scouts, died in 2001 at the age of 51 after a brief battle with cancer.

Thanks to the donation, the foundation will give out an extra $10,000 in grants this spring in addition to the grants the foundation normally awards.

For more information on the Ballston Spa Education Foundation and to donate, visit: https://www.bspaedfoundation.com/.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

* Correction: An earlier version had a lower figure for the amount raised for Schoharie crash victims.

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