SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – June 18, 2024 — The Dake Foundation for Children has announced the names of four nonprofit organizations that successfully earned support from the Foundation’s Community Grant Fund.

Founded by Gary Dake, President of Stewart’s Shops, the organization has provided grants to support local children with disabilities since 2009 with a focus on inclusion, independence, and fun.

The Foundation, which recently packed the SPAC lawn with over 400 guests for their annual fundraiser, has provided support to ten local agencies since the Community Grant program launched one year ago. Funding is aimed to provide assistance to area nonprofits seeking to make their programs and spaces more inclusive and accessible.

The recipients for this round of funding are as follows:

BluePath Service Dogs – Funding will support their Autism Service Dog program, which provides service dogs that prevent elopement and promote safety in public spaces for children with autism

Camp Abilities – Funding will support their annual residential sports camp at Skidmore that serves youth who are blind/experience low vision

CAPTAIN Community Human Services – Funding will support staff training to make their programs (youth shelter, street outreach, Peace Camp) and interactions with at-risk youth more inclusive

Saratoga Shredders – Funding will support expanding their existing Learn to Ride program for elementary school students to include students with cognitive and developmental disabilities

“We are proud to support these incredibly worthy projects, and to see what an impact we can have within just one year is inspiring,” Executive Director Sarah Burns said of the announcement. “Navigating the world of disability can be overwhelming, and we’re grateful to share our collective knowledge and experience to help organizations take the best path towards accessibility for all children.”


Gary & Aimee Dake with service dog, Hope (photo provided by BluePath Service Dogs)


To apply, donate, or to learn more about the Dake Foundation for Children, please visit their website at http://www.dakefoundation.org.

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 give them more opportunities for participation within their families, communities, and with their peers.

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