2017 Sleep-a-thon in the Park
HAC’s 2017 Sleep-a-thon had approximately 75 participants, even on the coldest night thus far, which was 7°. It was an extremely windy night and below zero with the wind chill. Thus far, we have raised approximately $15,200 from this event, which is short of our goal of $20,000. We are hopeful that more will continue to trickle in and we are extremely grateful for this support! We are also appreciative that so many people attended and held signs and solicited money from the public and several people brought in a significant amount in pledges. For the 6th year in a row, the group, Service is Key from SUNY was there, and for the 1st year, members of the SUNY group Project Excel. The students had high energy and determination!
In addition to the $15,200 thus far from this event, there are also outstanding pledges of $360. We are hoping all of our supporters can help us meet our goal this year so that we can meet our budget gap for 2017. HAC's 2017 budget calls for raising $120,000 in donations, an overwhelming burden for a non-profit. Once again, this year is expected to be an extremely difficult year for us financially as our revenues have been down for the past few years due to cuts and the economy. Thus, it is critical that we reach our goal.
Participants at the Sleep-a-thon included the following individuals/groups:
· U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko
· NYS Assemblymembers John McDonald & Patricia Fahy
· Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan; Albany Common Council members Kelly Kimbrough, Mike O’Brien, Judy Doesschate, and Cathy Fahey
· SUNY Service is Key & SUNY Project Excel
· SHNNYS; NAMI; United Tenants; Clean is the New Dirty
· St. Paul’s Church
Thank you to all volunteers who helped that night! Special thanks to our Overall Cordinator that night: Kim Kelley. In addition, thank you to our registration volunteers: Alysha Kennedy, Cody Arana, Stephanie Deyo, and Will Stevenson; our HAC literature table volunteers: Jen Nalli & John Arana. Thank you to everyone who collected the money from the public in the cans- $480 total! And finally, a special thanks to our staff (Alysha, Cody & Dan) who made calls in advance this year to churches, elected officials, students, and human service agencies.
HAC’s 24th Annual Sleep-a-thon was a success! HAC appreciates everyone’s support and looks forward to your continued involvement with HAC next year!