Please check out our EVENTS PAGE for information on this year's 2016 Alexadria Bay Paddle, Golf, and Tennis weekend, coming up July 22 & 23, 2016! In July 2001, The Alexandria Bay, NY chapter of The Foundation for Community Betterment hosted its first paddle on the St. Lawrence River. As one of the first Betterment events, the Alexandria Bay Paddle has become a river community tradition. For the past fifteen years, this annual event has represented all that Betterment hopes to achieve, as it brings together volunteers and participants of all ages while generating the spirit of philanthropy at a local level. The annual river paddle also demonstrates Betterment’s efforts in supporting the Alexandria Bay community, as past recipients have included local organizations as well as individual community members.
2015 Alexandria Bay Paddle, Golf & Tennis Exceeded Expectations for yet another year!
The 15th annual Paddle for Betterment, 7th annual Golf for Betterment, and 1st annual Betterment Tennis events, once again exceeded all expectations. With the fire boat leading us up the river, there were over ninety participants using skiffs, kayaks, canoes, and stand on boards. There were seventy-eight golfers and 40 tennis players. We donated over $20,000 back to the community due to your generosity - the best year ever. Thank you all for your support in making this year’s events truly memorable. Whether you paddled, volunteered, purchased a raffle, square, or 50/50 ticket, played in the golf tournament, or simply sent a donation or a prize, your contribution to these events made them not only wonderful community gatherings, but a tremendous show of support for our four recipients, the River Community Wellness program, the Alexandria Bay Fire Dept, The Alexandria Central School Back Pack Club, and Alexandria Bay Pubic and Youth Improvement Team.
Ron McLennan Immediate Need Fund
The Ron McLennan Immediate Need Fund was established in memory of Ronald J. McLennan, a member of Betterment's host committee since its inception, who passed away in 2011. Although he was retired, Ron was Superintendent of Alexandria Central School for 27 years. He gave in so many big and small ways to the Alexandria Bay community, creating a ripple effect that personifies the mission of Betterment. The purpose of this immediate need fund will be to give Betterment the ability to provide funding for local Alexandria Bay recipients not just at the paddle but throughout the year.
2012 Paddle Recipients:
Top picture: Trevor Cobb & Family, Kelly Downey & son John, Slate Family, Hurst Family Bottom Left: Trevor Cobb with Nancy & Carolyn McLennan Bottom Right: Trevor Cobb & Family, Kelly Downey and John, John Slate & Family
Click here to view the photos from previous years paddle and golf tournaments!
Alexandria Bay Recipients: (In order of most recent)
Faye and Carol Babcock Steve Cavillario Sandy Chaltain Sarah Compo Judy and Tom Compo Pat and Carolyn Curley Tony and Kathy Folino Ann and Bud Garlock Morgan Garlock Trevor Garlock Heather McKinnon-Heath Kylie Hebert Sue Pfister Jennifer Reichert Alyssa Reynolds Linda Reynolds Millie Savarese Gabby Slate Lisa Slate Jennifer Sweet Julie Todaro Lori Turgeon Estee Wagoner Geneva Wagoner Patty Wagoner Mary Lou Williams