The Greater Good: Basketball skills help with charity, AIM to connect

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Girl, 12, using her basketball skills to help raise money for charity

A big focus during the Siena men’s basketball game Friday evening was on Payton Rundell, 12. The Sand Creek Middle School student took center stage for another “Shooting Stars” contest. She racked up 240 points in last month’s contest. She won a $240 gift card from Northeastern Fine Jewelry. Payton decided to donate that money to the Wounded Warriors Project. Northeastern was so impressed – the jewelry store decided to double the value of the car, and underwrite a bracelet that fans can bid on during a silent auction at the game. The Saints were taking on Manhattan at 7 p.m.

Fundraiser to benefit AIM

“AIM for Connection” is the new campaign by AIM Services – a non-profit providing residential and community-based support for people with developmental disabilities. The program – which kicked off this month – coincides with World Down Syndrome Day on March 21. It goes along with a fundraiser where you can purchase a sweatshirt to benefit AIM. AIM is also hosting a big fundraiser at Vapor at the Saratoga Casino Hotel on April 1.