Skidmore Cares begins another holiday season of community support: Donations for various organizations will be collected on Dec. 6 at the Scribner House

Posted by Julia Leef

In the eighth year of its inception, Skidmore Cares hosted a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to emphasize the importance of the many charitable services performed by local organizations during the holiday season.

The program, started by President Phillip A. Glotzbach and his wife Marie in 2006, includes over 50 faculty, staff and student volunteers. Several student groups are also involved, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Benef-Action, Beatlemore Skidmania and the Student Government Association.

"We always look forward to this event to bring everyone together to meet everybody," Marie Glotzbach said in her presentation of the program's accomplishments. "We began this program to provide the Skidmore community with the notion of responsible leadership."

Skidmore employees who promote and organize the event also collect donations. These "cheerleaders" include members from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Finance and Administration who are responsible for donating various items to their respective programs, such as canned goods or school supplies. In addition, the Beatlemore shows will raise funds through ticket sales and collections at the concerts on Nov. 22 and 23.

The recipients of the 2013 Skidmore Cares program are the Corinth Central School District, the Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, the Franklin Community Center, the Latino Community Advocacy Program, Mary's Haven, The Salvation Army, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, the Saratoga Springs City School District PATHS Program and Shelters of Saratoga.

"Skidmore College enhances the meaning of the Skidmore Community coming together and makes a positive difference in the lives of many families in the Saratoga County," Marie Glotzbach said.

There will be an Open House from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 for Skidmore employees and their families, which will be designated as Skidmore Cares Friday. Canned goods and school supplies will be collected on this day in a sleigh on the front yard of Scribner House, and all donations will be received at the Scribner house. There will be no on-campus collection of donations.

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