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HIGH NOTES: Golf for ALS, summer meals, kid rescue

HIGH NOTES: Golf for ALS, summer meals, kid rescue

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Clifton Park, 250 golfers, 60 volunteers, 56 corporate and hole sponsors and numerous individual and business donors helped raise more than $123,000 for the St. Peter’s Hospital ALS Regional Center as part of the 29th Annual John C. Daly-James W. Michaels ALS Memorial Open. All proceeds from the tournament go to help the center meet the needs of patients and their families. Since its inception 29 years ago, the golf tournament has raised more than $2.2 million to benefit the center. The center is the only facility in the region to provide care for ALS patients and their families. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells of the brain and the spinal cord. Researchers still haven’t determined what causes ALS or how to prevent and cure it. For more information on the St. Peter’s ALS Center, visit http://www.sphp.com/als-center-sph.

In Schenectady, the Schenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) this year is celebrating its 25th year of serving summer meals for area youths. The program serves free breakfast and lunch to kids age 18 or under. The idea of the program is to ensure that kids who count on school meals don’t go hungry during the summer vacation. No registration or sign-up is required for kids to receive a meal. Last year, the program served 53,000 meals at its various meal sites in the area. In addition to food, SiCM offers books, resource packets and activities. The SiCM summer food program is a public-private partnership that receives financial support from the state Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the  United Way of the Greater Capital Region, the city of Schenectady, No Kid Hungry and area congregations, businesses and individuals. For more information on the summer meals program, including a schedule and list of meal sites, visit https://www.sicm.us/.

In Amsterdam, a good Samaritan rescued an infant who had been locked inside a car outside a local Wal-Mart. The individual heard the child crying in the car and first contacted police before getting the door open and removing the child. The infant was not injured. At the time, the outside temperature was approaching 80 degrees, which is plenty hot enough to heat up a vehicle and severely jeopardize the health of a small child left inside. The quick thinking and aggressive action of this passerby may have helped save the child’s life.

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, charitable organizations, schools, colleges and businesses. Send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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