Thursday, February 7, 2008

Saratoga Bridges Hires New Position

Heather Varney has been named the new Development and Foundation Coordinator for Saratoga Bridges.  She will be responsible for creating and implementing an annual development plan for the agency and its foundation.  Heather will be coordinating all of the special events which include the 19th annual Saratoga Bridges Gala "The Black and White Ball," the 5th annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Golf Classic, the Saratoga Bridges Day at the Races and The Great Pumpkin Run, all of which benefit the Saratoga Bridges' Foundation.  Also, she will develop a planned giving program.
Saratoga Bridges has been a part of her life for over 15 years as her Mother, Cynthia Bruce, has worked in one the community-based homes since then.  Heather says, "I’ve always known of the hard work and dedication that she and other employees have given in order to provide the excellent services and care to individuals and families living with disabilities.  Each year I attended events and fundraisers for the organization and introduced many others to the many programs the agency offers.  It is through these experiences that have inspired me to want to become more involved.  I am very excited to continue old traditions and begin new ones, to increase awareness in the community, to produce successful events and to grow the foundation for the future."
Previously, Heather was Director of Electronic Marketing & Communications/Special Events Coordinator at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center .  She will obtain a Masters in Business Administration from The College of Saint Rose in May of 2008 and has BS in Business Administration/Marketing from Plattsburgh State University .  Heather has volunteered for March of Dimes, Albany Symphony Orchestra and SPAC.  She enjoys walking, attending concerts, listening to music, spending time with friends and family and rooting for the NY Giants and the Yankees.
As one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County , Saratoga Bridges has been providing programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 50 years.  Throughout its’ history, family members, staff and volunteers have been committed to ensuring that those they serve are able to realize their goals, hopes and dreams.  They remain steadfast in their ability to offer the highest level of services to 750 individuals, by promoting their abilities, contributions and achievements in every aspect of community life. 

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