High Notes: July 31, 2017 – New York News

In Niskayuna, 120 members of the Niskayuna Town Pool Swim and Dive Team raised more than $5,000 to help in the fight against cystic fibrosis. The 12th annual swim-a-thon, which featured members swimming, diving and playing games in the town pool, raised money for the Donna M. Crandall Foundation. The foundation, inspired by Donna M. Crandall, who died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 41, was created in her memory in 2000 to provide programs and services that positively impact cystic fibrosis patients. The organization is family-run, with no overhead or administrative costs. Funding is provided entirely by donors and through fund-raisers like the Niskayuna event. For information, visit www.donnacrandallfoundation.org.

In Milton, an anonymous donor contributed $500,000 to help the town purchase the 300-acre former Boy Scout camp, Camp Boyhaven, and preserve the property for open space, a park and recreation. The Scouts decided to accept bids for the 93-year-old camp after attendance declined and it could not longer justify the expense of keeping it open. The town of Milton was among the bidders seeking to purchase the land so it could be preserved for public uses like camping, fishing, horseback riding and other activities. The town’s $500,000 bid, which could be offset in part with state and county grants, was made all the more attractive by the $500,000 anonymous donation. Without it, it’s possible the land could have been sold for development.

In Albany, a Saratoga Springs family has donated $2.5 million to Albany Medical Center to be used by its Cleft-Craniofacial Center to help local children born…

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