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High Notes: Granting wishes, prom dresses, epilepsy gala

High Notes: Granting wishes, prom dresses, epilepsy gala

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Granting wishes, prom dresses, epilepsy gala
Photographer: SHUTTERSTOCK

In Scotia, more than 235 guests at the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s 31st Annual Confections in Chocolate Gala helped $74,000 for the organization. Proceeds from the event, held earlier this month at Glen Sanders Mansion, will go directly towards the services the agency provides. The event featured an arrangement of more than 1,300 chocolate desserts donated by local executive and pastry chefs. Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s programs and services include educational programs, advocacy, support networks and counseling. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects more than 45,000 people in our area. For more information and to donate, visit www.epilepsy.com/northeastern-new-york

In Saratoga Springs, George Sicard of Lake George was recently honored by Make-A-Wish Northeast New York for his 25 years serving as a wish granter for the organization, which grants wishes to children suffering from critical illnesses. Among the many wishes Sicard has helped grant over the years was leading the effort several years ago to create a Transformers-style bedroom for an 11-year-old Warrensburg boy suffering from cystic fibrosis. Tommy and Kay Austin also were recognized by the organization as the original wish granters for their role in granting the wish of a 7-year-old Arizona boy to be a police officer back in 1980. Their efforts gave rise to the organization that became known as Make-A-Wish America. For more information on Make-A-Wish Northeast New York and to volunteer and donate, visit: https://neny.wish.org/.

In Schenectady, a local radio station, dry-cleaning store and a local credit union helped provide inexpensive dresses for students attending local proms and also raised money to benefit a local children’s hospital and provide scholarships. The fifth annual “Pay Less for the Dress” event, sponsored by Latham radio station WRVE- “99.5 The River” and held at Proctors last week, provided gently used or new dresses from weddings, proms, homecoming dances and other formal events for $9.95 plus tax. The dresses were donated by local residents. Best Cleaners provided cleaning services for the dresses, and SEFCU provided sponsorship. Attendees to the Pay Less for the Dress event on Friday paid $5 to attend. Proceeds benefit the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Proctors Scholarship Fund.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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