On Friday, March 29, Wildwood Foundation, the charitable arm of Wildwood Programs, will host the organization’s Spring Gala at the Albany Capital Center. This year’s honorary chairs are Nick and Lisa Preddice and the Presenting Sponsor is Thrivent Financial/Greg and Dawn Mengel .  The Platinum Sponsors for the evening are: The Affinity Group LLC, Ayco, The BBL Family of Companies, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, Key Bank, Powmat Ltd., SEFCU, The Massry Family, and Whiteman, Osterman, and Hanna LLP.


The event will feature an open bar, a gourmet dinner from Mazzone Catering, a silent auction and dancing to the music of Body and Soul.  Cocktail attire is preferred and complimentary valet parking is offered. Over


Proceeds from the gala, which is Wildwood’s biggest fundraiser, helps provide the very best supports to nearly 3,700 people with developmental disabilities, complex learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.  Since 1967 when a group of parents could not find appropriate programs for their children came together to found Wildwood, the organization has focused on supporting individuals in living lives marked by independence, productivity and fulfillment.





Join us as Holmes and Watson solve four very different cases. Have fun trying to figure out "Whodunit?" before they solve each case! Reception with the actors to follow. 


Show details (also on the attached flyer):

  • Saturday, 1/26
  • 7:00 p.m. 
  • Theater Institute at Sage         

         Meader little Theater, 1st and Division St., 
         Troy, NY 12180

  • No charge for tickets

Hope to see you Saturday!


Melinda Burns

When it gets cold out, we all want nothing more than to sit by a fire, drank some hot cocoa and relax. That is fine, but for how long? We all need to continue to be active during the winter and what better way to do so than with your loved ones.

Here are 5 things that can be done to stay active during these next few months with your loved ones.

  1. Go outside. Enjoy some fresh air, build a snowman or just simple go for a walk. Utilizing your local mall or grocery store to just walk around is an idea for the holiday break.
  2. Enjoy some indoor games. If you have a device that allows for some competitive fun with the family, enjoy that while having fun, and winning of course.
  3. Put on music and dance. During the bad weather, just getting up and dancing is a great way to stay active indoors.
  4. Utilize your local recreation center or join a gym. This gets you out of the house and into a space where there may be many different exercise options. Finding places that may have a pool and go swimming is also good on the body.
  5. Lastly, try something new like ice skating, skiing or sledding. Sledding is always a blast with family and friends by your side. If you’re on a budget, it’s also an activity that doesn’t break the bank.

 It’s ok to try new things in order to stay active. Plus, it gives the kids a chance to learn something they may have not tried before. Winter doesn’t have to be spent indoors as there are many other things that can be done outdoors, but the most important thing to remember is to have fun while staying active because you won’t want to keep doing an activity that wasn’t fun for you now would you?

By Melinda Burns


Financial Well-Being is having the resources to pay living expenses and other bills on time, to live safely, to maintain good health and to save as much as possible.  It  includes having the skills and knowledge to manage financial resources or having the supports to do so. Resources can come through income, benefits or a combination of both. Financial Well-Being can be achieved by having a realistic, working budget to achieve financial goals.


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