Prestwick Chase holds charity craft fair
"The residents said that it was a partnership between the residents and management that made this event so successful."
— John Rowe, director of marketing at Prestwick Chase
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is sometimes referred to as “the season of giving.” Many charities and nonprofit organizations hold large fundraising campaigns during this period.
One local community has proved that there’s no age limit on helping charities during the season of giving.
The residents at Prestwick Chase, a Saratoga-based senior living community, had a holiday craft fair on Nov. 30 to raise money for local charities.
It was the first time Prestwick Chase had done something of this nature, and they raised just over $3,000.
Residents also contributed over $3,000 worth of clothes and toys to Toys for Tots, and knit hats and other items for Saratoga Hospital patients.
“People, regardless of age can still help the community,” said John Rowe, director of marketing at Prestwick Chase.
All of the items sold at the craft fair were handmade by the residents of Prestwick Chase. The items for sale, included quilts, handbags, wooden games, and stained glass ornaments.
A silent auction held during the day brought in more money and nonperishable food items donated to the Saratoga food banks.
The money raised at the craft fair went to the Empty Stocking Project, buying toys for 7 children and extra items for other children.
It’s not the only charity program that Prestwick
Chase supports. Throughout the year, residents make pillows for patients at Saratoga Hospital. Prestwick Chase’s Mens’ and Womens’ Breakfast Club also donates to Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga War Horse, and the Christopher Dailey Foundation.
“The seniors living at Prestwick Chase are still a big part of the community of Saratoga Springs,” Rowe said.
The idea for the Holiday Craft Fair came 4-5 months ago when a few of the residents were talking about all the talented quilters and crafters at Prestwick Chase. They discussed a way for the residents to showcase their creations with a craft fair and donating the money to a local food bank.
Once the decision was made, the residents got right to work and started putting together items they had already made, as well as creating more pieces to showcase at the craft fair.
“The residents said that it was a partnership between the residents and management that made this event so successful,” Rowe added.
A display table at the Prestwick Chase holiday craft fair.
The Prestwick Chase holiday craft fair in full swing.
Shoppers browse the handcrafted items at the Prestwick Chase holiday craft fair.