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Church holds Second Annual Fundraiser Dec. 1

BOLTON LANDING When Father Peter Young reached age 76 and retired from active ministry, his former parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bolton Landing did more than just stay in touch. They organized a fundraising event to support the nonprofit program he has run for over 30 years that provides job training, supportive living facilities, and substance abuse treatment in the Glens Falls area, the Capital District, and throughout the state from Buffalo to Brooklyn. This year's second annual fundraiser, Christmas at the Monastery, is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Carmelite Monastery in Schenectady. Purchased by Father Young a few years ago, the monastery now houses offices and training facilities, as well as housing returning veterans in need of counseling and assistance. For sale at the event will be a wide selection of holiday gifts and gift baskets as well as decorated wreaths and trees. At noon, popular auctioneer Martin Seelye will offer a variety of items for auction including two Notre Dame football tickets, a four-night stay at the Sagamore Resort, an overnight at the Queensbury Hotel, Adirondack furniture, gift certificates from George's Restaurant and the Lobster Pot, and many other items. A special feature is the appearance of Folk Artist Cate Mandigo who will sign prints from 2 to 4 p.m. Throughout the day there will be a continuous brunch provided by the students of Father Young's culinary arts training program which operates at the Schuyler Inn in Menands and the LeMoyne Manor in Syracuse, both full-service hotel enviromments with formal dining, banquet services, and catering services. Admission including brunch is $15. The Monastery is at 428 Duane Avenue in Schenectady. From I-890 Exit 6, go north on Brandywine, and make the first right onto Duane. A free parking lot is adjacent to the Monastery. For further information, call 644-3204.

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