Blood donations for bus driver, tuition for low-income students, 4-H capital project – The Daily Gazette

At Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Lions Club is doing its part to support local agricultural education by hosting its Mid-Winter Party for a Cause. The party, to be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Hideaway at Saratoga Lake Golf Course, will benefit Saratoga 4-H’s Lead the Legacy Capital campaign. The campaign is raising funds to expand the training center on Middleline Road in Ballston Spa. The party will feature live music from The Downtown Horns, as well as a cash bar, limited menu, door prizes and raffles. Tickets are $10 and attendance is limited to approximately 250. For more information on the Midwinter Party for a Cause, Lead the Legacy Campaign and Saratoga County 4-H Youth Development , contact the Saratoga County 4-H office at 518-885-8995 or visit

In Schenectady, Union College donors helped raise $20 million to help low-income students enroll in college. Nearly 200 donors have helped the college achieve its goal of bringing to 85 the number of Pell Grant-eligible students it enrolls each year. Among the donations was an anonymous donation of $3 million, seven donations of $1 million or more, and others made smaller but still significant donations. It costs about $76,000 a year to attend Union, but much of it can be offset through scholarships and other financial aid, especially by students from low-income families.

At Lake George, his friends Erich Neuffer, bus driver at Lake George Central School, are actively seeking blood donations to help Neuffer in his fight against a rare form of lymphoma. Neuffer has the rare, B-negative blood type, making it even harder for him to get the regular transfusions he needs following a nationwide emergency-level blood shortage, according to a Facebook post by Lake George High School Alumni. He recently got scared when his blood count dropped to dangerously low levels, a condition that can potentially lead to liver and kidney damage. For those interested in donating B-negative or O-negative blood (universal donors), go to and find a local blood drive near you. When you arrive for your appointment, let the receptionist know that you are making a directed donation for Erich Neuffer.

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