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Event benefits B'ville graduating seniors

Nothing is more important than investing in our youth.

This is evident in Baldwinsville as the Dollars for Scholars program is one of the largest and most successful fundraisers in our community.

"Everyone has their own criteria for charitable giving," said Chris Arnold, a member of the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation, the organization that puts on the Dollars for Scholars fundraiser. "Two of the most important for me are one -- whether the cause resonates with me, and two -- are the charities costs in line so that a high percentage of my gift actually gets to work in the intended way? Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation scores high in both categories for me."

The BCSF is an organization that raises scholarship monies and provides financial aid and academic support to local students while also providing a tax-deductible means for residents to invest in the educational futures of local students.

The Dollars for Scholars program empowers the community and groups to help themselves through helping to educate their young people. In turn, it inspires students to achieve by showing that others care about them and their futures.

"Beyond the positive aspects of receiving some extra money for college or a trade school, I hope that the students watching this process get a sense of just how generous a community Baldwinsville is," Arnold said.

Last year, more than $175,000 was awarded in scholarships to graduating seniors of Baker High School. While Baldwinsville is honored to have many scholarships set up by local businesses and professionals showing support for our students, none are more touching than the approximately 25 memorial scholarships set up to remember someone and keep their spirit alive through a scholarship in their name.

Arnold donates $10,000 annually to fund a permanent scholarship with the foundation in memory of his 8 year old daughter, Paige Yeomans Arnold, who died in 1994 after receiving a bone marrow transplant that had become the only hope to survive leukemia. The donation is made possible through funds raised at the annual Paige's Butterfly Run.

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