Archives for September 2013

Join us for the 5th Annual Wine and Will Power Happy Hour on October 18th

IMG_2402-EditWe are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Wine and Will Power Happy Hour to be held on Friday, October 18th from 6-9PM at Mohawk River Country Club in Clifton Park. The winetasting event will give you an opportunity to sample over twenty different wines. Your ticket cost includes unlimited tastings, pasta, appetizers, and desserts all for the cost of just $35 if you buy your tickets by October 14th. Pre-sale tickets will also include a Brave Will Foundation wineglass with a new design for 2013. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event at the door for $40 and also includes a wine tasting glass (while supplies last).

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the 5th Annual Wine and Will Power Happy Hour page on our website.

The happy hour will also feature awesome live acoustic music from 2096 and offer chances to win some great prizes. If you’ve not had a chance to attend one of the winetasting events in the past, you have to put October 18th on your calendar. Every year, the event just keeps getting bigger and better as more people learn about how the foundation is truly making a difference in the lives of children facing life threatening illnesses and their families. For $35, it’s a unbelievable deal for a night out with spouses, friends and family.

Come join us once again in celebrating Will Power on the 18th!

Kids Are Amazing!

This coming Saturday (September 7th), we will be hosting our Family Fun Day at Player’s Park in Clifton Park from 1-4 PM. For just $10, kids can play mini golf, go on bounce houses, play carnival games, and have ice cream. It’s a great way to have one last summer hurrah before the school year really ramps up. Everyone is invited to join us!

For us, the event is more important than a typical fundraiser. Because most of our fundraising events are adult-centered, this is the one event that allows children to be part of the fun and for families to be together, which is really at the heart of our foundation’s purpose. It’s our small way to celebrate kids and after what we saw this summer, they deserve all of our praise.

Since June, we have been fortunate to see just how compassionate and caring children can be through some truly memorable acts of kindness:


  • Stevens Elementary School in Burnt Hills raised over $350 for our foundation with its annual fun run, where 3rd and 4th grade students work all year running laps that equal the distance of a marathon. In June, the students raise money to run their final lap of the “marathon”.
  • Haileigh D. (pictured), a fifth grade student, decided instead of getting presents for her 10th birthday to instead have her family and friends donate money to the Brave Will Foundation. She presented us with a check for over $175!
  • Eight-year-old Kaylyn K. traveled up from North Carolina with her mom to give us a $50 donation with money that she had been saving for our foundation.
  • Like Haleigh, Emma P. from Burnt Hills also chose to have friends and family make donations to the Brave Will Foundation instead giving her presents for her 12th birthday. Impressively, it’s the second straight year Emma has chosen to support our foundation in lieu of getting gifts. She presented the foundation with a donation of over $400!
  • Finally, we were touched to receive a donation in the mail from Delaney and Bodie S. (pictured) who held a lemonade/bake sale in August. The two South Glens Falls girls chose to donate the money they raised to our foundation (and even promoted our efforts by having our website available on an iPad on their stand).  They raised over $40 selling lemonade and baked goods that day2013_08_28_12_32_26!

Too often, we’re quick to judge children by the things they don’t do or say in comparison to how we were as kids. Yet, what we have seen time and time again with our foundation is the total opposite. We have been fortunate to be a witness to countless efforts of children who truly “get it”: Kids who understand how the life of another child can be quickly changed with the diagnosis of a life threatening illness. They get how every bit, no matter how big or small, can help support those children less fortunate. And for us, fortunately, they get how the Brave Will Foundation is doing everything we can to improve the lives of those children and their families who are facing tremendous challenges.

Thank you kids–you are amazing!