Donations will support local Salvation Army Programs and Services


During the past couple of months, Captain Kelly Ross of The Salvation Army of Utica has been training to take part in this year’s annual Boilermaker 15K race on July 14th to benefit local Salvation Army programs and services.

In 1978, the Boilermaker began as a 15K road race with 876 runners, created to celebrate founding sponsor Utica Boiler’s 50th anniversary. Today, it is a week-long extravaganza drawing over 20,000 runners, spectators, and volunteers.

As part of The Boilermaker’s mission to change people’s lives in a positive way through health and movement, the Charity Bib program provides a limited number of bibs for the 5K and 15K, at no cost, to several selected local nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, to use as a fundraising incentive.

“Donations from my participation in the Boilermaker stay in our community and will help us to continue our vital programs and services throughout the year to help those most in need in Utica,” said Captain Kelly Ross. “Thanks to a generous donor, all donations I receive for this event will be matched three to one.”

Throughout the year, The Salvation Army of Utica helps more than 8,600 families and individuals through its food pantry, emergency assistance program, Christmas and toy assistance programs, and youth programs.

Online donations to support Captain Ross and The Salvation Army of Utica can be made by visiting or texting Boilermaker to 31333. Cash or checks can be dropped off, or mailed to, The Salvation Army of Utica, 14 Clinton Place, Utica, New York 13501.