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 sixteen 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.
2018 Alexandria Bay Paddle, Golf, Tennis & Bike was another successful event!
The 18th annual Paddle for Betterment, 10th annual Golf for Betterment, and 4nd annual Betterment Tennis events, once again exceeded all expectations. The next generation of Betterment also continued with their 2nd annual Bike for Betterment, raising over $1000 while taking turns biking for an hour!
With the fire boat leading us up the river, there were seventy participants using skiffs, kayaks, canoes, and stand on boards. There were 76 golfers and 24 tennis players. We donated over $12,000 back to the community due to your generosity. 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, rode a bike, 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 recipient, Laney McCauley.
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.
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 Molly Briere Sandy Chaltain Sarah Compo Judy and Tom Compo Pat Curley Tony and Kathy Folino Ann and Bud Garlock Trevor & Erica Garlock Heather Heath Kylie Hebert Estee & Michael Kahrs Geneva Kramer Robin Martin Cortney McAloon Jamie McAloon Sue Pfister Cody & Morgan Ramm Alyssa Reynolds Linda Reynolds Millie & Joe Savarese Gabby Slate Lisa Slate Jeanne Snow Jennifer Sweet Lisa Tillman Lori Turgeon Patty Wagoner Mary Lou Williams