We are always so humbled whenever anyone donates to our foundation. We know that there are so many organizations in need of support and all of them have incredibly worthy goals, yet we know that there is only so much to give. We can only hope that the successes of this foundation and the stories we have to share will continue to drive people to support us. The holiday season is a time of even greater need for these organizations, so this week, when we were the fortunate recipient of two wonderful fundraising efforts, our gratitude expands even more.
What made these two fundraisers so special to us was that they were driven by the work of students–kids helping kids. Every fundraising effort is special in its own way, but whenever we get an opportunity to see children raising money to help the children we support, it holds a special place in our heart.
On Friday, we attended the annual Brave Will Foundation hockey game that is supported by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa hockey team. This is the fourth year that the game has been held and every year it has gotten bigger and bigger. We were thrilled to see the stands packed in support of this wonderful group of young men. Over the month of December, the team has held a “dump and change” fundraiser in the different schools throughout the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district, asking their classmates to dump whatever loose change they can donate. This year, students in three elementary schools, the middle school, and high school raised over $840 in quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies! An additional $400 was raised at the hockey game through raffles, bringing the grand total raised to over $1,200, the most ever raised by the event. Way to go players, coaches, parents, booster club, and community!!
Before the game, we were presented with another check from students at Burnt Hills high school. Earlier this month, the school’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club held is annual Karaoke Idol. Every year, the FBLA holds the event to raise money for a charitable organization and this year, they chose the Brave Will Foundation. Students bravely sang their hearts out that night and helped raise $1,000 to support our cause.
We are so proud to be part of this community, surrounded by caring, compassionate students who really “get it”. Their efforts will unquestionably have a positive impact on the lives of so many children who are facing so difficult obstacles through this holiday season and beyond.
To the children and families we are helping, the students who worked so hard this month to support them, their parents, our community, and all of you who continue to stand beside the Brave Will Foundation, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with all of you in 2014, which is already shaping up to be our most memorable yet.