I want to talk a little about the NYSFAAA charity for this year’s conference – St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen. This organization provides hot lunches for anyone who shows up, Monday – Friday, including holidays. Numbers run anywhere from 100-250 hungry people who can count on at least one hot meal that day. My husband has been a volunteer cook there for a number of years and has been touched with how so little can help so many. They conduct a backpack drive filled with school supplies each year. They have a community garden where they grow fresh vegetables. They provide emergency assistance whenever possible. I hope you can find it in your hearts to support this worthwhile organization. A raffle is being held at the conference with a basket containing: an overnight stay at Turning Stone, breakfast for 2 at the Harvest Buffet, $200 cash, $50 Visa gift card, $25 Master Card gift card, $25 Starbuck’s gift card, and two bottles of wine going to some lucky winner – a $500 value! If you aren’t able to attend the conference, you will be missed, however you can still donate and get into the raffle by sending me your check this week – made out to either NYSFAAA or directly to St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen. I will fill out your raffle tickets and enter them in the drawing. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10. Provide me with your email and I will respond that I have received your donation and send you scanned copies of your tickets. Let’s have NYSFAAA break all records for charity fundraising this year – I know we can do it.
Thanks to those of you who have already sent me your checks – I know I can always count on my NYSFAAA family to help those in need. Hope to see you at Turning Stone.
Anne Barton, Past President of NYSFAAA