Thursday, August 24, 2006

Calling All Kids!

Family Festival Helps to Save St. Joe’s

Committee 150 Party
for Children and Parents on September 10

Albany, NY (August 24, 2006) – A neighborhood family festival is scheduled for September 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hudson-Jay Turnaround Park in Albany. The festival is part of Committee 150’s efforts to raise funds to restore St. Joseph’s Church. It is the only Committee 150 fundraiser with a specific focus on children and families.

“Why should the adults have all the fun?” says Courtney Burke, one of the organizers of the event. “We are saving this historic landmark not just for us, but for our children and the other generations to come. So creating a party with a kids-focus only makes sense. And it’s a great way to meet neighbors who have kids.”

The festival will feature Capital District magician Domino the Great, who has donated his talent for making kids smile for the event. In addition, there will be face painting, games and a barbeque. It’s organized by Center Square neighbors Chris and Courtney Burke, and Matt & Shannon Cherry.

Committee 150 is a citizens’ campaign organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the former St. Joseph’s Church, and to raise $150,000 to continue stabilization work on the once-endangered building. Through parties and donations, Committee 150 has raised more than $40,000. A challenge grant from prominent investment counselor Candace King Weir, owner of C.L. King & Associates Inc., which matches each $2 raised with $1 additional, brings the total to date to over $61,000, more than one-third of their goal. The campaign began in May and is slated to end in the fall.

"Historic landmarks like St. Joe's give the community more than just the functions of a building and the beauty of their architecture: they contribute to the very character of the city, providing a sense of place and a connection with history that once lost can never be regained,” says Matt Cherry. “When a building gives so much to the community, the least the community can do is to give a little in return.”

The suggested donation for the event is $10 for adults.

For more information, contact Shannon Cherry at 248-6592 or



Shannon Cherry


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