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Forget Winter, We're Talking Derby!



Our third annual Kentucky Derby Day Party will be held at the Lodge on Nelson Avenue on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The party will feature large screen TVs to watch the race, on-site wagering and great food and drink, including an open bar.

No speeches, auctions, raffle tickets or solicitations. Just a great time.

The event typically sells out! Letters seeking sponsors and honorary committee members will be mailed by March 1. If tickets are left after the sponsors and honorary committee response, they will go on-sale via EVENTBRITE on April 1.

Julie Bonacio * Colleen Carlson * Robin Dalton * Mary Gavin * Jennifer Hennessy * Julie Johnson * Carly Connors * Cara Milde * Kristie Roohan * Heather Straughter * Jim Carminucci


College acceptances are starting to come in. Our seniors have recieved more than 40 acceptances already, with more to come.







Scholar of the Month: Cami Denning


SSHS Senior Counselor Brandy Crary with Cami.


SARATOGA SPRINGS - Here's five fast facts you need to about Cami, then we'll go deep:

  1. She's a future nursing student.
  2. Has a long and strong passion for volunteering, as evidenced by...
  3. Her membership and family involvement in the Salvation Army.
  4. Also, she's the Vice President of a club called Tog-A-Wareness.
  5. Add it up and Cami Denning is our Scholar of the Month!

...and deservedly so. My visits with Cami left me an impression of a serious, focused young adult - as distinguished from shy. She's long decided on her educational 'end game': To be a Pediatric Nurse. She's sitting on a few prestigious college acceptances, including Hartwick, LeMoyne and Robert Wesleyan in Rochester, with more to come.


Cami led this trip of a group of Sponsor A Scholar students to the Great Pumpkin 5k at Spa State Park.


Click here to view the enitire article at The Daily Planet Arthur.


Julie & Co. Realty Donates $10,000 to Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar



In honor of Julie & Co. Realty's 2nd Anniversary and as a continued effort to give back to the community, Julie Bonacio and her team donated a portion of December's closings to Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar. SSAS's Volunteer Executive Director, Jim LaVigne graciously accepted the check on behalf of the program at Julie & Co. Realty's sales meeting on Tuesday, December 19th. Jim said "It always amazes me what a generous community we live in and no one personifies that more than Sonny and Julie Bonacio. This gift was both unsolicited and extremely generous. It covers seven years expense for one of our young scholars and will make an incredible difference in their life."

Julie & Co. Realty just celebrated 2 years in business back on November 15th. They constantly strive, not to be the biggest, but to be the premiere real estate company in the area. They want to earn your trust, and give you a great experience that you will pass on to family and friends.

Julie & Co. Realty, LLC: 518.350.7653


Saratoga Sponsor A Scholars Annual Holiday Party a Success


On Monday our students celebrated at the annual SSAS Holiday Party. They were joined by their mentors, enjoyed GREAT food from Hattie's Restaurant, and played the "cash envelope grab bag" game, which has become an annual tradition.

This year as a special treat, SSAS board member John Snow and his wife Terri also provided each of the students with a cash gift. To say the students were surprised is an understatement! Happy Holidays!

Terri Snow presents a Scholar with a holiday gift.



The "envelope grab bag" has become a tradition at the SSAS holiday party. Students love to see what's inside. This year? Movie tickets compliments of Roohan Realty and a little Christmas shopping money from our own Santa, Jim LaVigne.



Mentor Michele Funiciello with her mentee, Lupe and friend Olivia.



Great kids, great students and now a great start to their holiday.




Scholar of the Month: DeVaughn Berry

Originally posted on The Daily Planet Arthur, December 4, 2017




Standing out, whether it be in a crowd of scholars, or in pads and helmet on the gridiron, is the result of hard work. That is the commitment DeVaughn Berry - our Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar (SSAS) for the month of December – brings to the table each day. But it is enhanced with a joyful persona that is even larger. "I'm happy to see people smiling," DeVaughn said when recalling his favorite community service activity this year.

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Hannah Sage Captures The Audience's Attention at Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund's Evening of Autumn of Giving

Originally posted on The Daily Planet Arthur, November, 2017




Hannah Sage, a graduate of Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar program at Saratoga Springs High School is now a sophomore at RPI. She positively smoked her freshman year to the tune of nine 'A' grades and one B+!



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A big THANK YOU to the sold out crowd who attended our Derby Day fundraiser at The Lodge. We hope you had a good time, and will join us again next year!

The event raised $130,000 and was our most successful fundraiser EVER! We couldn't have done it without the generosity of some very special donors. Gary and Nancy Dicresce and Saratoga Eagle underwrote the food and beverages for the day, and Saratoga Casino and Raceway underwrote the valet parking costs, which allows us to use every dollar raised for our programs.

For a full list of Sponsors and Donors, click on Derby Party on the sidebar of the SSAS home page.





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