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Cora Clark steps up to take over North Elba Christmas Fund

October 3, 2019
By ELIZABETH IZZO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A local volunteer is keeping the North Elba Christmas Fund alive.

The North Elba Christmas Fund has been helping local families for more than three decades by providing meals, toys and winter clothes to underprivileged kids. Cora Clark has taken over this year from Britt Isham and Shannon Porter, who have led the holiday effort for a number of years.

"I took it over because I think it's an important service to the community," Clark said.

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Cora Clark
(News photo — Antonio Olivero)

Clark, a school nurse at the Lake Placid Central School District, grew up on Cascade Road across from the ski jumps.

She's been an avid volunteer for years. In the past, she has helped out with tourism mailings to help attract visitors here and she's run the medical tent at events like the Ironman Lake Placid and the Lake Placid Marathon & Half. She has served as co-president of the Lake Placid Central School Alumni Association, as a member of the Adirondack Community Church board of trustees and as the president of the CSEA Unit 6804, the union that represents non-teaching staff in the district. She was a volunteer nurse at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, including at the gold medal game between the U.S. and Finland hockey teams.

For her efforts, she was named a Distinguished Adult Volunteer by the Lake Placid-North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee in 2016.

Clark still keeps busy. As she spoke to the News Monday evening, Sept. 30, she had just left her job at the school and was headed into a board of trustees meeting, and she had more work set up afterward.

As she takes over the North Elba Christmas Fund, she said she doesn't plan on making any major changes. The fund is still seeking volunteers to help out, she said. Organizational meetings are just beginning to take place. When the fund kicks into high gear in the weeks leading up to the holidays, the organization will still need donations, whether it be money for meal items - which typically costs between $10,000 and $15,000 each year - or toys for children. In 2017, fund volunteers put together 185 food baskets and gave toys and other items to around 150 children.

More information about ways residents can pitch in to help the North Elba Christmas Fund this year will come in the weeks leading up to the holidays, according to Clark.



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