SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, December 23, 2011— The Melanie Foundation donates $7,500 to Franklin Community Center.

“This year, we are thrilled to support Franklin Community Center through this donation and by the food drive that was held on race day,” said George O’Donnell, president of The Melanie Foundation. The Melanie Foundation is a tax-exempt charity that awards an annual scholarship to a candidate pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in the mental health field, as well as sharing its success with other community charitable organizations.

Franklin Community Center is a nonprofit human service agency that provides basic needs and services to less fortunate individuals and families. “This $7,500 will be used to support Project Lift – a free, after-school prevention program we operate that has been positively impacting the lives of children and their families in the Saratoga Springs City School District for nearly 30 years,” said Kari Cushing, executive director of Franklin Community Center.

Project Lift offers a safe, caring and structured environment for youth in grades 1-5. It’s unique approach heightens children’s social and emotional competence, improves decision-making skills, offers lessons on the prevention of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and bullying, boosts self-esteem and helps strengthen the bond between child, family, school and community.


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