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Avid community volunteer honored

The organization was created in 1967 by a group of parents noticing their children did not fit into existing programs, she noted, which led to the expansive amount of services offered today.

"A small group of parents banded together and started a huge organization that benefits hundreds of individuals with disabilities in the Capital Region," she said.

She also said she holds the unique position as the only parent on the Foundation Board that has had a child with developmental disabilities.

"I feel I have to be involved, because my daughter, the other volunteers don't necessarily have to be there, so they are the ones that I am inspired by," she said.

Daggett understands that many families can't put forth the amount of time she does in the organization, but she and her husband, Bill, are happy to do what they can.

She said she doesn't like to ask for money, but she thinks of fundraising more as "friendraising" and explains to people what Wildwood offers and invites them to visit it.

"Once they learn about it and see the good work that it does, they want to contribute. I don't ever directly ask people to contribute," she said.

Sometimes when raising money she tells the story of her family's journey through Wildwood and how they have benefited from it.

"I get emotional just reflecting on it all," she said. "There have been some very difficult times that we couldn't have gotten through without the support of Wildwood."

Daggett graduated from Linton High School, now known as Schenectady High School, and continued her education at the State University of Albany to receive her bachelor's degree in business administration. Then she continued on to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received a master's degree in technical communication.

Some of her other volunteer activities currently include The League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and the Proctors Guild.

The main reason she'll stay in the Capital District, though, is for what Wildwood has offered her family.

"We could move anywhere, but I will stay here forever because of Wildwood, because of the support my daughter gets from Wildwood," she said.""

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