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Alexandria Bay, NY

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. 

Paddle Photos

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)

45. Alexandria Central School Back Pack Club
44. Public & Youth Improvement Team
43. The Alexandria Bay Fire Department
42. River Community Wellness Program
41. Simon Wibbe
40. Hearts for Youth
39. Gordon Court Apartment Complex
38. Community Wellness Program
37. Chris Carrasquillo
36. Normal Horner
35. Laura Coles
34. The Lyon Family
33. Helen Louise Thomas
32. Diane Fowler
31. River Community Wellness Program
30. Thrift store of Alexandria Bay
29. Jeff Bates
28. Brian Tidd
27. Rosemary Savage
26. Royce Newberry
25. Kelly Downey
24. The Alexandria Bay Fire Department
23. The DePuy Family
22. The Cobb Family
21. Donna Hand
20. Ryan Hunter
19. Ron McLennan Immediate Need Fund
18. Alexandria Bay Historical Society
17. Mark Hurst Family
16. Robin Scott
15. Reynolds Family
14. Alexandria Central School Back Pack Club
13. Rosemary Savage, Alexandria Bay, NY
12. Shane Simpson, Alexandria Bay, NY
11. Hearts for Youth, Alexandria Bay, NY
10. John Slate, Alexandria Bay, NY
9. Alexandria Bay Community Food Pantry, Alexandria Bay, NY
Maurice “Shorty” & Judy Gionet, Alexandria Bay, NY
7. Alexandria Community Thrift Store, Alexandria Bay, NY
The River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, NY
The Macsherry Library, Alexandria Bay, NY
Alexandria Bay and Wellesley Island Fire Companies, Alexandria Bay and Wellesley Island, NY
3. The River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, NY
2. Hearts for Youth, Alexandria Bay, NY
1. Hearts for Youth, Alexandria Bay, NY

Alexandria Bay Host Committee:

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

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