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Touchdown for charity

Niskayuna Youth Football and Cheer to hold inaugural benefit

Members of Niskayuna Youth Football and Cheer participate in a fundraising weekend at ShopRite for the upcoming Bowl Charities Series on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Members of Niskayuna Youth Football and Cheer participate in a fundraising weekend at ShopRite for the upcoming Bowl Charities Series on Saturday, Nov. 3. Submitted photo by Gabrielle Dungan

— Fundraising did get a boost from ShopRite in Niskayuna, which held a weekend dedicated to the club’s campaign at its store from Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday. There were special food items and products offered to raise funds for the group’s bowl donations.

Karen Wentworth, executive director of the Spina Bifida Association, was excited to find out the organization was selected.

“It is a great opportunity to reach some families and kids with awareness,” Wentworth said. “When we get an offer for some help from somebody, that is really welcome.”

Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs typically during the first month of pregnancy, she said. Part of the neural tube doesn’t develop properly during pregnancy and it results in defects in the spinal cord and backbone.

The local Spina Bifida Association, based in Scotia, is the only one in the state and Wentworth said the organization primarily focuses on the Capital District, but it does go outside of the area when help is sought.

Brennan said getting children to think about giving back to the community is the biggest payoff of the event.

“I think we have achieved our goal no matter what happens here,” he said.

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