BALLSTON SPA — This year, the Falling Leaves 5K, organized by the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, hit a personal best with 170 people participating, raising $5,700.
“We are very grateful to host this event and thankful to all of our community sponsors that have helped us raise over $24,000 since the inception of the race 9 years ago,” said Gary Wilson, current chairman of the 5K and member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. “We are looking forward to another record-breaking event next Columbus Day weekend as we celebrate our 10th year.”
The church organized the 5K to promote health and wellness and raise funds for local mission projects. Gifts were divided between three organizations, the Shelter of Saratoga, which provides shelter and support for the homeless in Saratoga county (including Code Blue); the Captain Youth Shelter, where homeless teens find refuge and healing; and the Ballston Area Clergy Association Fund, which provides financial assistance to families in need in the Ballston Spa school district.
The Ballston Area Clergy Association Fund raises and gives away $12,000 to $16,000 annually, and depends on the generosity of churches, organizations and individuals. The Methodist Church, along with First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, Christ Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, work together on this project. Individuals can make donations to the fund by directing them to First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY, with BACA Fund in the memo.
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