A benefit to keep a legacy alive through "Alex's Way" | WNYT.com

A benefit to keep a legacy alive through "Alex's Way"

Karen Tararache
Updated: November 16, 2019 11:05 AM
Created: November 13, 2019 11:41 PM

WATERVLIET - To say Alexandria Myers Grimmick was passionate about her job is an understatement.

The young mother was tragically killed in a car crash last July. Friends and co-workers say she left her mark on many lives.

"I saw her many times go out and purchase, children that just needed a pair of shoes, in that moment, purchase shoes with her own pocket money because the kids needed shoes," AJ Mirecki-Allen said.

As a client support specialist with the Albany County Department of Social Services, Alex connected with people others couldn't and believed affordable childcare was paramount to helping families become self-sufficient. 

"One of the biggest things that she loved was the children. She always saw the struggle that parents faced when it came to children with lack of childcare and she pushed and really wanted us to be able to get grants to be able to have that here at the Schuyler Inn," Schuyler Inn Assistant Director Mashama Lipscomb said.

The Schuyler Inn provides shelters to families in the Capital District.

They've been working on converting two rooms into what will hopefully become their childcare facility and they'll name it "Alex's Way."

"So, Alex's Way, it's a nice little catch because we can always say, 'Oh, let's try Alex's Way for the day and see if you can get that job.' So it keeps Alex with us and it promotes a positive community relationship," Mirecki-Allen said.

Mirecki-Allen has been coordinating a fundraiser at Patrick's Pub, Saturday November 16, to benefit the facility.

She calls herself one of the lucky ones for having known Alex since high school.

"Everyone. She impacted everyone whether she was able to personally impact them, there was someone who has benefited from knowing her and is able to continue her legacy of having a positive impact on the Capital District."

Lipscomb added, "Although she's not with us, I really think it would be great to be able to do a tribute to her and say even though you're not here, we still see you, you're still with us and your dream matters and we're going to make that happen. I'm excited."

Alex's Way fundraiser will be Saturday, November 16, at Patrick's Pub (606 3rd Avenue) in Watervliet from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 at the door and there will be food, music, face painting for kids, and a Chinese auction.

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