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Mayor launches annual fundraising drive for winter clothing

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2016) -- Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and community partners at City Hall on Oct. 4 to help launch the mayor's annual Cash for Coats fundraising drive.

 

The effort, now in its 10th year, raises money to buy warm winter clothing for hundreds of City School District of Albany students. The official launch will come Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Albany Devils' home-opener for the 2016-17 season. The game begins at 5 p.m. at the Times Union Center and all fans are encouraged to make a contribution to support the Cash for Coats initiative.

 

"We are grateful to everyone who supports this important initiative," said Dr. Wilkins (pictured at the podium at right). "Whether you are able to contribute $5 or $500 -- or any amount large or small -- your support is meaningful. The result of your generosity means that there will be children in our community who will be warm and dry this winter."

 

In addition to the Albany Devils, primary sponsors of the Cash for Coats drive once again are downtown Albany's B. Lodge and Company Department Store and Burke Cos.

 

Donations will be accepted through Nov. 1 at City Hall, Lodge's Department Store at 75 North Pearl St. and the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 25 Quackenbush Square. Visit the City of Albany website for additional information about how you can contribute.

 

"Every coat, every hat, every scarf and every pair of gloves or mittens makes a difference in the life of a child in our community," Dr. Wilkins said. "My thanks once again to Mayor Sheehan for leading this initiative, and to all who support her efforts this year and every year."

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves about 9,500 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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