HIGH RATINGS: Donation for Hungry Children, Museum Renovation Donors, Conservation Fundraiser

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In Albany, Excelsior University is partnering with two local high schools for the 2022-2023 school year to collect snacks for students to help address food insecurity. The community service group and university staff will ensure that Troy High School and Albany High School receive the donations every month through June. Excelsior staff members donate items such as granola bars, breakfast bars, fruit snacks, bottled water and other snacks, and distribute them to schools for teachers distribute them in their classrooms as needed, according to a press release. For more information on Excelsior’s giving programs and to donate, visit: https://www.excelsior.edu/giving/

In the Ballston Spa, two supporters of the Saratoga County History Center at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa have each pledged matching funds of $15,000 to help renovate the museum’s historic building. The museum recently issued its annual “Finish the Job” appeal, with the goal of fully stabilizing the historic building over the coming year, museum officials said. The current phase will fund energy efficiency and long-delayed repairs to space needed to operate the museum and maintain its important collections. Officials hope to raise $45,000 for this phase with the help of the two individual matching donations. Renovations and upgrades are expected to continue next year. To make a donation, go to www.brooksidemuseum.org or mail donations to SCHS, 21 Fairground Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

In Corinth, attendees of the inaugural PLAN for the Future event raised more than $100,000 to help Saratoga PLAN’s efforts to support ongoing conservation and land stewardship efforts in Saratoga County. Over 150 people attended the event for the first time at Juniper Springs Event Barn in Corinth. Map of Saratoga [Preserving Land and Nature] is a non-profit land trust that preserves the rural character, natural habitats and scenic beauty of Saratoga County. The organization has helped conserve more than 7,000 acres of land in Saratoga County and connects people to nature through an extensive network of trails. For more information about Saratoga PLAN and its efforts, visit: saratogaplan.org.

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