In the Spirit of the Season

We saw this news from Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar this morning and it seemed like just the thing to kick off our day. Great news for an impactful local organization who is teaching their scholars to pay it forward. If you aren't familiar with SSAS, check them out right here and if we might suggest another gift idea, perhaps consider sponsoring one of their Scholars this Christmas.

December 23, 2014
For Immediate Release

Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Receives and Gives

In a busy week for the local non-profit that supports disadvantaged students, Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar (“SSAS”) received two incredible gifts from local organizations. On Monday, Fingerpaint, a fully integrated marketing agency, chose to forgo giving holiday gifts to clients and instead made an extraordinary $5,000 contribution to SSAS on behalf of their employees and clients.

Bo Goliber of Fingerpaint presents a $5,000 check to Jim LaVigne, Brandy Crary, Matt Nelson & 18 Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar students here...

Bo Goliber of Fingerpaint presents a $5,000 check to Jim LaVigne, Brandy Crary, Matt Nelson & 18 Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar students here...

Later that evening SSAS received an additional $1,300 from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, the 3rd annual gift SSAS has received from the Fund. 

 Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Senior, Davawn Hartz, thanks Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund outgoing Chairperson Joan Taylor (right) and incoming Chairperson Mary Gavin (left) for the Fund’s generous gift.

 Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Senior, Davawn Hartz, thanks Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund outgoing Chairperson Joan Taylor (right) and incoming Chairperson Mary Gavin (left) for the Fund’s generous gift.

“These are game changing gifts” said Jim LaVigne the volunteer Executive Director of SSAS. “Our annual budget is $100,000 and these gifts put a major dent in that requirement.”

SSAS students also give back to the community that supports them. During this school semester they have volunteered to staff the Run for the Roc benefitting Saratoga Care, wrap presents for Hme Instead Senior Care, packaged food items at Franklin Community Center, serve the Senior Center holiday dinner and staff the upcoming Mardi Gras celebration that will benefit Jakes Help from Heaven. 

Carlie Barella, Kara Sage, Hannanel Sage (seated) wrapped presents for elderly clients of Home Instead Senior Care.

Carlie Barella, Kara Sage, Hannanel Sage (seated) wrapped presents for elderly clients of Home Instead Senior Care.

Hannanel Sage, Kayla Nichols, Carlie Barella, Aubrey Nowhitney, Valeska Palmatier, Alyia Ruggles, Shelly Pettit, Kara Sage, and Juliana Santiago help serve dinner at the Senior Center.

Hannanel Sage, Kayla Nichols, Carlie Barella, Aubrey Nowhitney, Valeska Palmatier, Alyia Ruggles, Shelly Pettit, Kara Sage, and Juliana Santiago help serve dinner at the Senior Center.

SSAS students assist at Run for the Roc. Aubrey Nowhitney, Jasmin Senn, Juliana Santiago, Hayley Kerley, Azrielle Villanueva, Richard Martinez, Kara Sage, Marcos Molina, Alyia Ruggles, Cyria Turner, Hannah Sage and SSAS on site coordinator Matt Nelson.

SSAS students assist at Run for the Roc. Aubrey Nowhitney, Jasmin Senn, Juliana Santiago, Hayley Kerley, Azrielle Villanueva, Richard Martinez, Kara Sage, Marcos Molina, Alyia Ruggles, Cyria Turner, Hannah Sage and SSAS on site coordinator Matt Nelson.

“We have 28 great young adults at the high school level that are available to help local non-profits staff events. One of SSAS’s core values is community service” said LaVigne. If any organization needs volunteer help, email SSAS Board member Mary Grace Manz at manzski@aol.com .

 

Posted on December 24, 2014 .