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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the current need to maintain social distancing, the date of our 2020 Annual Golf Classic changed to September 23, 2020.

If you wish to hold your spot, register a foursome, provide a sponsorship, or make a general donation visit the Center for the Family online.

For those who wish to wait, we understand.  Our country is facing an unprecedented time with much fear and anxiety felt by many – especially our clients, both current and new. That is why Saratoga Center for the Family remains open. Our therapists continue to be available by providing telehealth therapy appointments. Our Child Advocacy Center is open for reported child abuse cases.  Our educational programming continues to be offered online. 

We look forward to the day when we can once again see our supporters and friends at dinners, food and wine tastings, and out on the golf course.  Until then, we continue to forge ahead, ensuring that our critical services are available and accessible for those who need us.

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Photos: 1. Winning Foursome (left to right):  Executive Director of Saratoga Center for the Family Rebecca Baldwin, Golf Chairperson and Saratoga Center for the Family Board Secretary John Brooks, Winning Foursome members with a low gross of 56: Terry White, Alex Walter, Tom Novellano, and Dan Juffey. Photo provided. 

2. Golfer Sean Cohan with Executive Director Rebecca Baldwin after making a hole-in-one at Hole #18 at McGregor Links winning him a three-year lease on a 2019 Honda Ridgeline from Saratoga Honda. Photo provided.


Wilton — Saratoga Center for the Family held its 10th Annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 5 at McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton. 

The event featured a Hole in One at Hole #18 sponsored by Saratoga Honda.This year, for the first time, a hole in one was made by golfer Sean Cohan of South Glens Falls. He sunk the 165 yard shot to win a three-year lease on a 2019 Honda Ridgeline. 

The event included 26 foursomes and many generous sponsorships including Eagle Sponsors: John Brooks, Commerce Hub, Creative Office Systems, King Wealth Management Group, McGregor Links Country Club, Seeley Office Systems, Web Traffic Advisors (Chris Boggs), Terry and Janice White, Vahanian and Associates Financial Planning; Birdie Sponsors: Adirondack Trust Company, Jean Ann Dennis, Luther Forest Wealth Advisors (Tim Pehl), New York State Police Investigators Association, Tom Novellano, Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Springs Police Benevolent Association, Saratoga Vision, Scotty’s Restaurant (The Parillo Family), Trustco Bank, Alex and Debbie Walter, and William J. Burke and Sons-Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes; and many other generous donors and raffle prize offerings. 

All proceeds from the tournament benefit Saratoga Center for the Family programs; Saratoga Center for the Family works to provide a comprehensive array of services committed to strengthening, empowering, and educating children, families, and the community to reduce the incidences and effects of child abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. For further information, visit the Center online at saratogacff.org or call 518-587-8008. 

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The upcoming Golf Classic and Par-Tee fundraiser event on June 5 is more than just a good deed for a good cause for some of those involved with it. For them, it is also a deeply personal endeavor.

Gathered in the back of a local coffee shop for their usual meeting, several women involved in organizing the upcoming golf fundraiser talked about how the event’s mission to help find a cure for Type-1 diabetes has touched their lives, whether it be that they have lived with the disease themselves, have children with it, or both. Funds raised from the event will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which helps to fund research into the treatment of Type-1 diabetes.

Type-1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune disorder that hinders the production of insulin in the body. Its causes are unknown, although a family history of the disease is known to increase one’s risk of developing it. It is important to note its differences from Type-2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. Due to the fact that Type-2 accounts for around 90-percent of diabetes cases, public perception can often be that it is the only form of the disease, which is a source of great frustration for those who develop Type-1 through no fault of their dietary or lifestyle choices.

For Joyce Ure, Denise Nicastro, and Karen Larkin, the attachment is through their children, who all live with the disease. When Ure’s son began exhibiting symptoms consistent with Type-1 when he was eight, she thought it could not be true due the lack of history with the disease, but after he was taken to Albany Medical and found to have a blood sugar of 680, the diagnosis was clear. For Ure, the hope for the event is that it will also help spread awareness for the symptoms of the disease. Nicastro’s daughter was diagnosed early in life and is now a student in college. With her daughter so far away most times of the year, it leaves her with a lot of anxiety.

Larkin’s son was diagnosed when he was six, and has lived with the disease for the last four years. Over those years, she has noticed definite improvements in the technology for treating and monitoring diabetic symptoms, a sentiment supported by everyone at the table. A few of them mentioned apps on their phones and watches that allow them to monitor their children’s blood sugar levels at all times anywhere. These technologies were not around only a few years ago, they said, and developments like these show the benefits of raising money for organizations like the JDRF.

For Ellen Brodie, Type-1 is just about her entire life, as both she and her two children are living with the disease.

“My personal attachment is my life, and its my kids’ lives,” Brodie said. “That’s about as personal as it gets.”

The Golf Classic and Par-Tee will be held at Saratoga National Golf Club on June 5, starting at 11:30 a.m. For the first time this year, the Golf Classic and Par-Tee events will be combined into one event, as opposed to years prior when they were separate affairs. The organizers estimated that the two separate events in the past have raised over $200,000 a year for the JDRF. More information about the event can be found online at www.jdrf.org/neny/events/hoffman-car-wash-hoffman-jiffy-lube-golf-classic-and-par-tee/#event-details.

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