October 17, 2017



September 17 2017

Submitted by Maggie Fronk, Executive Director


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Local domestic violence agency finishes first in the nation in weekly fundraising challenge; claims $10,000 national prize.

Wellspring finishes second week of Allstate Purple Purse Challenge as top fundraiser.


Wellspring, the domestic violence service provider in Saratoga County has raised more money than any other organization in their division during the second week of the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge.  In doing so, they secured a $10,000 challenge gift that the Allstate Foundation awarded to the three (3) charities that raised the most money in the second week of the friendly competition.


To date, Wellspring is in 2nd place in the nation having raised more than $52,000. Wellspring participated in the 2016 Challenge, finishing 5th place in the nation by raising more than $51,000.


More than 130 individuals, businesses, and organizations made gifts exceeding $42,000 during the second week of the month-long fundraising competition, which benefits charities that support victims of domestic violence.  The Challenge continues through October 31, with the top teams vying for grand prize cash donations totaling $325,000 from The Allstate Foundation.


Maggie Fronk, executive director of Wellspring, said, “This incredible support reaffirms one of our community’s great strengths—the willingness of many individuals to work together to support one another.  We are touched by the breadth of support from our community.”  She added, “This shows just how deeply people care about the issues of relationship and sexual abuse, and the community members served by Wellspring.  Generosity such as this is why we believe we can end relationship and sexual abuse in our community.

Wellspring will use the money raised through the Purple Purse Challenge to support their comprehensive approach to helping victims of domestic violence—services such as shelter, a 24-Hour hotline, counseling, and legal advocacy.  The funds will also help expand the programs that focus on prevention, issue awareness, and social change, such as partnerships with local schools and law enforcement.

Notable Saratoga County leaders, organizations, and businesses including have bolstered the efforts of Wellspring on social media: Death Wish Coffee, DeCrescente Distributing, The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Saratoga County Sherriff, Assemblywoman Carrie Ann Woerner, and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh.  Wellspring has compiled a list of their supporters at wellspringcares.org/tumblr.com/ppl.

To help the community follow the Challenge, Wellspring has a webpage: https://www.crowdrise.com/wellspring-purplepurse2017


ABOUT WELLSPRING: At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse.  Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management.    While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence.  Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations..


ABOUT THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.