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Saratoga Center for the Family News and Updates

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:33 am
Saratoga Center for the Family Staff

Saratoga Center for the Family Staff

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; it is a time where the national spotlight is shone on a topic that can be difficult to discuss. At Saratoga Center for the Family, their everyday efforts are focused on helping to treat, prevent and educate the public about child abuse. Executive Director Rebecca Baldwin states, “We all have a role to play in healthy child development, and our goal this April is to help others recognize that role and the ways in which we can maximize our impact.”

According to Baldwin, one way the community can get involved is Wear Blue Day.  On Friday, April 5, Wear Blue Day is a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country.

“Wear Blue Day (April 5) is a chance to highlight the ways that people can help great childhoods happen across New York and the country,” said Baldwin.  “You can get involved in Wear Blue Day by telling people you are participating in a national day to highlight child abuse prevention; by taking a picture of yourself and your colleagues all dressed in blue and share it on your favorite social media platform using the #WearBlue hashtag; or by sharing a story of how you help mentor children, advocate for policies that keep kids safe, or donate time or money to a local child serving organizations and inspire others to get involved during Child Abuse Prevention month.”

Along with Wear Blue Day, Saratoga Center for the Family is running a “Pennies for Prevention” campaign throughout the month of April to raise funds and awareness for child abuse prevention. Baldwin says to look for Saratoga Center for the Family coin drop canisters at local businesses to participate. All donations will directly support the Center’s programs.  Businesses who wish to participate should contact the Center at (518) 587-8008 or email aradik@saratogacff.org.

Later in the month, the Center, in partnership with Longfellows Restaurant, will be hosting its Annual Power of Hope dinner on Thursday, April 18, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  This event recognizes and thanks donors, sponsors, and supporters of the Center.  The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a speaking program, dinner and dessert.

The cost to attend is $55 per individual, $500 per table of 10, and $35 for community partners including local, state, and community-based friends and partner organizations.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.saratogacff.org and clicking on fundraising events or by calling Saratoga Center for the Family at (518) 587-8008.

“Also, throughout the month of April, as you drive down Broadway (in Saratoga Springs), you may notice our Saratoga Center for the Family flags lining the street,” says Baldwin.  “These are yet another reminder of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and a reminder that we are here to serve the community.”

For over 40 years, Saratoga Center for the Family has served the families of Saratoga County and beyond.  The Center offers assistance with mental health counseling, education and prevention programs, and assistance for children, families, and individuals who have been victimized.  No family is turned away due to inability to pay.  For further information, visit saratogacff.org or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/SaratogaCenter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Banner Year.

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General, Mental Health, Prevention Programming by SaratogaCFF on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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With just hours left in 2014, we reflect on what a successful year that we have had. Because of the support of a strong community, a dedicated staff and a whole lot of passion, we are celebrating countless healing stories from the past 12 months.

This year we have:

Together, as a community, we achieved this success.
Together, as an Agency, we THANK YOU.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2015!

April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General, Mental Health, Prevention Programming by SaratogaCFF on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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The month of April is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform communities into places that care about and actively support families and children.

Show your support during the month of April by partaking in any of these events or activities. You can also download a printable version of the calendar here.

All of April – 

  • Throughout the whole month of April, when you are cruising Broadway in downtown Saratoga, you will see our flags proudly lining the strip!
  • Each day we will be posting Family Strengthening and Abuse Prevention tips on our Facebook and Twitter channels. Please “Like” and “Follow” us to help us spread the word.

Sunday 4/6

  • Uno’s Dough Rai$er – On Sunday, 4/6, the Saratoga Uno will donate up to 20% of your lunch or dinner check to us! All you need is your appetite and a “dough ticket”, which you can download here.
  • Crime Victim’s Candle Light Vigil – The Crime Victims Vigil is an opportunity for crime victims, their families and friends to come together to share their stories and experiences with the community. The vigil starts at 4pm, on Sunday 4/6 at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church.

Monday 4/7 –

  • Split: Divorce Through Kids’ Eyes – Told from the perspective of children ages 6-12, this 30 minute documentary explores the impact divorce has on a child’s mind and heart as their families change. This film & discussion is for parents who are divorced along with their children. Our Clinical Director, Kelly Barry, will lead discussion following the viewing. Monday, 4/7, 6:30pm-8pm at Saratoga Public Library.

Thursday 4/10 –

  • Parent University: Online Safety for Kids – The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. Along with offering fascination, new ways to connect with the world, the Internet also offers new risks. Join us as we discuss Internet Safety Risks. Presented by FBI Special Agent, David Fallon and NCMEC Education Specialist, John Kelly. Brought to you by Parent University and Saratoga Center for the Family. Thursday, 4/10, 7pm-8:30pm at Maple Avenue Middle School Auditorium. View the program flyer here.

Saturday 4/12 –

  • Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k/10k – The 2nd Annual Bacon Hill Bonanza Road Race, Walk and Fun Run will be donating a portion of proceeds to us! What other 5k/10k also have a home-made pie contest. For more information, please visit their website.
  • The Donny Elvis Show – Enjoy a night with “This King” impersonator, Donny Elvis, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in Saratoga Springs at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 and proceeds benefit Saratoga Center for the Family. Presented by Ct. McLaughlin #422, Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Tuesday 4/22 – 

  • Alex and Ani: Charity By Design – Treat yourself or someone you care about to a bauble from the Saratoga Alex and Ani store between 7pm-9pm on Tuesday, 4/22, and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to us! Please join us and enjoy light bites and (+) energy punch!

Protecting the children in our community is everyone’s responsibility. Please join us in recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month!

Celebrating Your Inner Child

Posted in Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Event Chair: Julie Bonacio

Event Committee:
Christina Abele, Jill Borst, Kathy Cheeseman, Pete D’Aloia, Erica Dingeman, Leah Ferrone, Laura Hogan, Kate Jarosh, Maureen Maloney, Doug Robertson and Rilla Schulte

On Wednesday, May 28th, we will be hosting an event you won’t want to miss. “Celebrating Your Inner Child”, chaired by Julie Bonacio, will be an evening of reconnecting with the eternal youngster in you! Enjoy a night of being a grown up kid, with interactive childhood games, activities and entertainment that will span the decades. With superheroes greeting guests at the door, it will be an unforgettable event, full of surprises!

We invite you to help us reinforce our mission by supporting “Celebrating Your Inner Child” as a sponsor. Below you will find more details about the various sponsorship levels. Most importantly, as an esteemed event partner, you will be making a difference in the lives of children and families.

EVENT SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

Guardian Sponsor: $5,000 

  • Recognition as a “Guardian” sponsor in all “Celebrating Your Inner Child” promotional materials, including but not limited to:

> Company logo on event invitation, mailed to 1,000 potential guests
> Company logo on all print ads
> Company logo and tagging on social media promotion
> Company mention in press release

  • Exclusive seating including company logo on table tent
  • Company logo on event signage; in multiple locations
  • Company logo in looping event power point presentation
  • Company mention at event by Master of Ceremonies
  • Company logo on event “Thank You” letter sent to all event attendees
  • Appointment of a representative from your company to the “Celebrating Your Inner Child” planning committee
  • 10 event reservations

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Advocate Sponsor: $2,500

  • Recognition as an “Advocate” sponsor in all “Celebrating Your Inner Child” promotional materials, including but not limited to:

> Company logo on event invitation, mailed to 1,000 potential guests
> Company mention on all print ads
> Company mention in social media promotion

  • Exclusive seating including company logo on table tent
  • Company mention on event signage; in multiple locations
  • Company mention in looping event power point presentation
  • 6 event reservations

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Friend Sponsor: $1,000

  • Recognition as a “Friend” sponsor in all “Celebrating Your Inner Child” promotional materials, including but not limited to:

> Company logo on event invitation, mailed to 1,000 potential guests
> Company mention on all print ads
> Company mention in social media promotion

  • Company mention on event signage; in multiple locations
  • Company mention in looping event power point presentation
  • 4 event reservations

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Supporter: $400

  • Name recognition on event invitation and event signage
  • 2 event reservations

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2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Rose and Chocolate Sale

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

In partnership with Dehn’s Flowers and Berrylicious Bouquets, Saratoga Center for the Family will be hosting the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Rose and Chocolate Sale on Friday, February 14 from 8:30am-6pm at 369 Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Center will be selling assorted color roses by the dozen as well as chocolate-covered strawberries and candies. Chocolate-covered candies include Oreos, Twizzlers, graham crackers and pretzels.

All Berrylicious Bouquet items are available on a pre-order basis only. Rose pre-orders are also encouraged, but day-of rose sales will also be available.

Packaging, pricing and details can be found below. All pre-orders must be placed by Monday, February 10th via our website or by contacting Pamela Harrington at 518-587-8008, ex. 308 or via email.

“Last year was our first year and we were pleasantly surprised at the number of sales we generated! What a great way to show your love – purchasing the traditional items that you normally do for Valentine’s Day and supporting an agency that loves to help children and their families!” said Child Advocacy Center Director, Jennifer Wormley.

All event proceeds will benefit the Saratoga Center’s Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center.

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What Fuels Our Family

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General, Mental Health, Prevention Programming by SaratogaCFF on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Some of our staff at a recent fundraising event. Photo courtesy of Mark Bolles.

Some of our staff at a recent fundraising event. Photo courtesy of Mark Bolles.

By Deborah Tomaso, Executive Director

Very often people ask me, “How do you do that work?“, which they often follow with a statement such as, “I don’t think I could do it“. There have been times when I have thought the same; but it’s always fleeting, because this is work I have to do. Protecting children from abuse, helping individuals and families heal is something that I feel, and we feel, that we have to do.

For us here, the trials and tribulations of everyday life are put into perspective when a young child comes through our door because of abuse or neglect allegations. Likewise, we are frequently reminded of our blessings when a parent seeks our counseling after the loss of a child. The range of trauma and healing that we see is vast, but in each case, we are able to help and begin a new healthy path for someone.

In order to do this work, we need a strong and resilient team. When I look around at our staff, I am filled with admiration and pride. They are overflowing with passion for our mission; they are what makes all of this possible.

So, I thought I would turn that common question on them. How are they able to do this work, what fuels their fire?

As can be expected, they spoke from the heart:

  • I take pride in my work because of the potential that I could be a positive catalyst in changing the course of a child’s life.
  • Knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life who is healing from a traumatic situation, that’s why this work is so important to me.
  • It brings me tremendous satisfaction that our agency serves a population that would otherwise not have access to mental health care, because copays are too high or they have no insurance. We are able to be a part of their healing; and help end some suffering.
  • I am proud to be part of a TEAM that fights everyday to support children that have been abused. We  also help those children’s families. I love that our partnership with Law Enforcement assists in stopping those who steal the innocence of a child. They are all OUR children!!
  • At the end of each day, it brings me great joy to know that because of our work, someone is getting help; or finding safety and beginning the healing process. Being a resource for someone in need, it truly can change the trajectory of someone’s life. There is no better gift than being able to positively impact on community in that way.

For me, those answers and that dedication are reasons enough to come to work each day.

Holiday Craft Marketplace Promotes Shopping Small, and Unique!

Posted in Fundraising Event by SaratogaCFF on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Holiday Craft MarketplaceThe 38th Annual Holiday Craft Marketplace will offer the community an opportunity for unique holiday shopping all while promoting “Shopping Small”. This year, the Marketplace has partnered with Downtown Saratoga restaurants who will be offering discounts to shoppers who present their Marketplace tickets.

Restaurants include:

  • Gaffney’s Restaurant
  • The Crown Grill
  • Jacob & Anothony’s
  • Esperanto
  • Javier’s Nuevo Latino Cuisine
  • Circus Cafe
  • Saratoga Juice Bar

The Marketplace expects 3,000 shoppers, many traveling from out of town. Filling the Saratoga City Center with unique and handmade crafts from over 100 artisans, the Holiday Craft Marketplace is the perfect way to kick-off (or wrap up) holiday shopping. Shoppers will also have an opportunity to win crafter donated raffle items, bid on enticing silent auction prizes and enjoy bamboo flute music floating through the air.

Tickets are $5.00 which includes 2 free raffle tickets. Children under 12 are free.

We hope to see you there!

Saratoga Center to Recognize Sonny Bonacio at Inaugural Fundraising Event

Posted in Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:34 am
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Saratoga Center for the Family (SCFF) will recognize Sonny Bonacio at their inaugural Corks, Forks & Brews; a wine, beer and food tasting event at Saratoga National Golf Club on Thursday,November 14 from 6pm-10pm.

Sonny Bonacio will be recognized by Saratoga Center for his recent efforts in their facility’s renovations following a fire this past May. Bonacio completed the initial renovations for the same building when SCFF first relocated to Ballston Avenue almost ten years ago. Bonacio was able to complete the renovations within five months while Saratoga Center operated out of temporary office space at the Presbyterian – New England Congregational Church.

This is the inaugural year for Corks, Forks & Brews and will feature select vineyards and New York state craft brews donated by title sponsor DeCresente Distributing Company. Mazzone Hospitality will provide cuisine selections. The event will feature entertainment by Big Medicine, the Heather Bohm Tallman Crazy Booth, raffles and other features.

Regular ticket price is $100, the Junior ticket, for attendees 35 years old and younger, is $75. Tickets can be purchased here.

“This was a long five months for us.” says Executive Director, Deborah Tomaso. â€œWe are so happy to be back in our space. Sonny and his team made the whole renovation process as easy as something like this could be, they were great. This event is truly an opportunity to celebrate a fresh start while raising funds for the important work we do.”

Corks, Forks & Brews is co-chaired by Saratoga Center for the Family Board of Director members C.J. DeCrescente and Nicole Pitaniello.

Step Up for Kids – Virtual 5k Race

Posted in Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with the New York State Children’s Alliance for this year’s Step up for Kids 5k run/walk!

On Saturday, September 28th, twenty-two Child Advocacy Centers across New York State will be simultaneously participating in a local 5k run/walk to benefit their community.

The unique twist on our event is that our run/walk is virtual! This means our runner/walkers sign up online, receive a t-shirt and bib number, set their own course but all run on their own that day. Just think, hundreds of people simultaneously running across all of New York state for child advocacy!

REGISTER NOW and support our Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center program. When registering, please follow the steps below to insure your support goes to your local community.

Still have some questions? Check out our FAQ.

Registration Steps

Sponsorship opportunities are avaialable. Please contact Leah Ferrone at 518-587-8008, ext: 315.

Saratoga Center for the Family Rebuild: 1 month update

Posted in Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Just one month ago today, Saratoga Center for the Family experienced a devastating fire. The first floor, which houses our Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center was completely destroyed. While it’s hard to believe it’s already been a month, we also marvel at the amazing progress we’ve made in that short time.

We are excited to share these updates:

  • Bonacio Construction is finalizing permits and ready to begin construction any minute. The estimated project timeline targets a move-in the first week of September. Kohl’s in Saratoga has volunteered to help us with the move through their Associates in Action program! You can track our rebuild progress here.
  • We have settled into our temporary office space in The Nolan House at the Presbyterian – New England Congregational Church. Our hosts have been so welcoming and accommodating during this difficult transition. TimeWarner Cable and StoredTech worked very hard to “rewire” this beautiful old victorian and within short order, our phones and computers are up and running.
  • Tuesday, June 4th, we will be at the Maple Ave Middle School Orientation sharing important elementary to middle school transition tips with parents.
  • We are hosting exciting fundraising events in June for golfers and foodies alike! Next Wednesday, June 12th we are teeing off our 4th Annual Golf Classic at McGregor Links Country Club. We have incredible sponsors such as DeCrescente Distributing Company, Saratoga Eagle Sales and Services, Saratoga Emergency Physicians and Terry & Janice White. On top of that, there are a bevy of great prizes and contests including a Hole-N-One trip to Hawaii!
  • Boca Bistro New York CorksSunday, June 23rd is a day to eat, drink and be merry with DZ Restaurants! We have been chosen as the featured nonprofit in Raising the Dough for the month of June. Just present this flyer at any DZ Restaurant (Chianti, Boca Bistro, Forno Bistro or Paste Pane) and 30% of your check will be donated to SCFF. To make it even more sweet, Boca Bistro is hosting New York Corks, a wine tasting to commemorate their 1st anniversary that same day from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. You will be able to sample 40 different wines from New York vineyards and a suggested $10 donation will benefit our fire rebuild. What a day!
  • We are also planning some great events for the fall including a Virtual Run – Step up for Kids on Saturday, Sept. 28th to benefit our Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center and a Wine and Beer Tasting on Thursday, Nov. 14th at Saratoga National Golf Club. Much more to come on these as they develop.

We are so deeply appreciative for the incredible outpouring of support from the community. A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you. We wish everyone a safe and happy June!