GIV­ING BACK

Prest­wick Chase holds char­ity craft fair

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Melissa Schu­man mschu­[email protected]­di­anews­group.com Re­porter

"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.

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A dis­play ta­ble at the Prest­wick Chase hol­i­day craft fair.

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The Prest­wick Chase hol­i­day craft fair in full swing.

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Shop­pers browse the hand­crafted items at the Prest­wick Chase hol­i­day craft fair.

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