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Beginning Thursday, April 30th, 2014, the two week Saratoga Springs Horse Show will celebrate its 55th consecutive show. Since 1960, the show has been the first outdoor USEF Premier (AA) Rating and USEF Jumper 4 Rating show in the Northeast. Last year, nearly 500 horses and riders of all ages arrived in Saratoga Springs to compete in this prestigious event.

The holiday season is a time of cheer, holiday spirit and giving. It is this time of year when everyone's hearts seem a little bigger and people reach a little deeper into their pockets to help others. Charities see the most contributions around the Christmas season.

If you have been wanting to get your children into the giving spirit but unsure which charity would be a good fit, we have found just the thing... let them give a teddy bear to brighten a child's day in the hospital!

While the holiday shopping season constantly bombards us with advertisements and big store sales, more and more shoppers have begun to buy locally and simplify their holiday experience. In turn, the local shopping trend has reinforced the importance of local giving. 
When The Burners U.K. went on hiatus in 2006, many of the local rock cover band's fans thought they would never again see all seven original members perform together. An opportunity for die-hard followers and new music lovers alike, The Burners U.K. will perform a benefit concert this September at Vapor Night Club in the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. 

The McCarthy family will host their 4th Annual Alex's Lemonade Stand on Travers Eve, Friday August 23. In their continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against kids' cancer, Peter, Paige, Brian and Matt McCarthy have set their goal to raise $2,000 this year!

A recent visit to the Saratoga Automobile Museum made a lasting impression on Robert Moskovits, an executive at the national charity Kars4Kids, headquartered in Lakewood, NJ.

Somewhat of a car enthusiast, Moskovits was amazed at how the Auto Museum opened his eyes to new pieces of automotive history he had yet to learn. He couldn't stop talking about his Auto Museum trip to his coworkers, and they got in touch with us here at Saratoga.com to share his experience and photos.

Franklin Airman Owned By Charles Lindbergh

The following is a first-hand account of Moskovits' visit:

"Being part of Kars4Kids for a while now has given me a real appreciation for cars.

It was an appreciation that developed over time; at first I was just familiar with cars nearing their end-of-life, and grew to learn how every car no matter how rusted, dented, or what mechanical issues it may have can still make a huge impact . Every car has some value and that value can put a smile on the face of a child.

For the first time ever, a global fashion company will present this year’s Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon on Fabulous Fillies Day to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, August 14.

Don't Let Us Slip From 3rd Place!

As you may know, Saraoga County RPC -- VETHELP is one of the finalists in The Home Depot Foundation's Aprons In Action contest. The grand prize is $250,000, but there are also prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

With just a few more days of daily voting left, we are currently in third place, but only a few thousand votes separate us from 4th place.

Third place grant is $100,000. VETHELP plans to use this money toward opening up a thrift shop and providing a place for female veterans to work.

Your vote really matters, so PLEASE VOTE today through Friday at midnight, once per day!

VOTE HERE >>

You can sign up for daily voting reminders here >>

Posies to End Polio

Members of the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs will be once again supporting efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world by hosting their annual 'Posies to End Polio' campaign. The Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs is selling a dozen roses for $20 now through May 29th.

Students at Lake Avenue School and Maple Avenue Middle School will be participating in fundraising efforts as well through the Purple Pinkie Project. They will have the chance to donate $1 toward vaccinations and have their finger colored purple, which replicates the stamp used in other countries when children are immunized. Please encourage your children to participate during their lunch period at Lake Avenue School on May 22 and at Maple Avenue Middle School on May 24.

medium_2892639374.jpgThe Calendar Store in the Wilton Mall generously donated several animal themed 2013 calendars to the Schenectady County SPCA. The Schenectady County SPCA is offering a calendar with a donation of $5. The choice of calendars are: rottweilers, eagles, baby animals, dolphins, Shetland sheepdogs, tigers, bull dogs, kittens, puppies, squirrels, horses, dobermans, and labs. The calendars can make for great gifts or will look perfect on your desk at work. 

To donate, contact Nicole at (518) 640-3537

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