Turkey day tradition

Proceeds from the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot will benefit Ronald McDonald Charities of Central New York, Kamp Kiwanis and other charities that help meet the needs of children.

"Our mission in Kiwanis is to improve the life of children in the Baldwinsville and CNY area. All proceeds raised from this event go directly towards the local youth in our community. This is what makes not only the race, but the Kiwanis Club itself a great thing to participate in," Saraceni said.

In 2009, the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club pledged $25,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY to help build a new, larger Ronald McDonald House. The event also provides funding to send 12 local children to Kamp Kiwanis, a co-ed camp for children ages 8 to 14 that is aimed at providing fun, physical exercise and adventure.

"The bottom line is the Baldwinsville Kiwanis is an organization that whole heartily focuses on providing resources for local children, no matter there situation, to improve there way of life," Saraceni said.

In addition to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Baldwinsville Kiwanis also donate to the March of Dimes, Toys for Tots, Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce Kids Fishing Derby, Van Buren Elementary Kindergarten Orientation, and many other organizations.

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