Donors help Friends climb beyond $5,000 goal.
New memberships and contributions from generous donors throughout 2015 helped the Friends of the Pine Bush Community surpass a $5,000 match challenge that began in spring 2015.
It was many caring seventh-graders in Dr. Alan Fiero’s classes at Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School that put the Friends over the $5,000 amount just before the holidays. The students’ holiday fundraiser benefited the “Ticket to Ride” program. Students collected money in lieu of gifts for their teachers and made a mural to promote the giving. As the money collected grew they added children’s faces to the buses.
“The Farnsworth students’ fundraiser was an incredible expression of holiday giving for helping to share learning experiences in the Pine Bush with students in other districts,” said Darwin Roosa. “Recognition and thanks go to Farnsworth Middle School and Dr. Fiero.”
However, end-of-year generosity didn’t stop there. Contributions continued to come in from current and new Friends members bringing the total amount raised during the challenge to $5,770.
Everyone’s contribution of any amount mattered. The match challenge helped make the Friends tenth anniversary year its most successful year to date. A special thank you goes to Mr. Suozzo for helping the Friends become a true community of people who care about the Albany Pine Bush and about helping children and visitors of all ages learn about protecting this unique ecosystem.