Dake Foundation for Children Welcomes New Executive Director
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – July, 13, 2022 -- The Board of Directors for the Dake Foundation for Children has announced a new executive director, Sarah Burns. She brings more than 15 years of non-profit experience to the Foundation, and her leadership has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for organizations across the Upstate region.
For more than a decade, The Dake Foundation for Children has been helping local children with physical disabilities have more fun and independence. Founder Gary Dake, President of Stewart’s Shops, realized that health insurance would fund “medical necessities” but would not approve recreational equipment or activities, and he vowed to work to close that gap. Since then, the Foundation has helped connect more than 330 children with adaptive bikes, tricycles, swings, strollers, and communication tools that allow them to have the fun, carefree experiences that every child deserves.
“The Dake Foundation’s mission and the families they serve have truly captured my heart,” Burns said. “I feel a great responsibility toward ensuring that this incredible work continues, and I look forward to working with the Board on behalf of these very deserving kids.” Burns will assume day-to-day operations for the organization and will lead their fundraising, marketing, and community engagement initiatives.
“Sarah has worked closely with the Foundation over the last year and has demonstrated a passion for our mission which will serve her and the Foundation well moving forward,” said Dake.
About the Dake Foundation for Children: The Dake Foundation for Children was established in 2009 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to help children with disabilities access opportunities unavailable through medical insurance and family budgets. Their goal is to provide children with disabilities access to equipment and services that will enable them to reach their fullest potential for participation within their families, communities, and with their peers.