2016 Annual Reception
R.J. Smith and Gerald & Rosemary Skoda, outstanding business and civic leaders, will be honored at this years annual reception from 5:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday, November 16, at Anthony’s Pier 9, in New Windsor. More than 400 community and key business leaders are expected to attend, where honorees will be presented with the 2016 David T. Cocks Award for Commitment to Community, an annual recognition bestowed upon those who make significant contributions to enrich the lives of people in Orange and Sullivan counties.
The evening will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking at 5:30 p.m. The awards program, with plated desserts and table seating, follows. Event proceeds will support the Foundation’s objective to “connect people who care with causes that matter,” by helping donors establish charitable funds that award scholarships to local students and grants to support the environment, education, arts, and health and human service programs in our region.
Mr. Smith is a dedicated and respected member of the Orange County business and civic community. A commercial realtor with 40+ years of experience, he is a respected leader in Hudson Valley commercial and industrial development. In addition to his keen business acumen, Mr. Smith excels at strengthening his community. He is a visionary who helped establish a community health center in his hometown of Pine Bush and later served as a town councilman, county legislator, and on the Pine Bush School Board. He is founder, past president, and current board member for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, where he helped establish countless funds that distribute annual charitable grants and scholarships, in addition to two of his own scholarship funds. Mr. Smith also serves on the boards of both the Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan and the Storm King Art Center. He is past President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation.
Mr. & Mrs. Skoda’s dedication stretches across Sullivan County and beyond. Though both officially “retired,” Mr. Skoda operates a large Woodbourne crop farm while running an agricultural consulting and farm tax preparation firm. He serves as President of Mid-Hudson Co-Operative Insurance Co., Montgomery, and serves on the boards of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Greater Hudson Valley Health Systems, Emerald Corporate Park, and Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. He is a founding member of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development and has a long tenure as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mrs. Skoda retired as Executive Director of the USDA Farm Services Agency and has served scouts and 4-H, as well as SUNY Sullivan, and Hospice Auxiliary. She now dedicates her time to the United Way of Sullivan County. Together, they award an annual Foundation scholarship and donate fresh vegetables to Boys & Girls Clubs, CACHE Community Action, St. Andrew’s Church Food Pantry, Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, and United Way.
Our Signature Event Raising Funds For AVM Research
Lunch and Dinner
Silent Auction, Raffles and Short Program
The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan’s Professional Advisors Council will host an educational seminar and networking event for accountants, attorneys, financial advisors, and insurance representatives on May 9, 2017. The seminar will feature speakers from the NY State Attorney General’s Office and the NY State Office of Taxation & Finance. It will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m., in the Larkin Conference Room, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY.
Pending approval, the seminar will offer two Continuing Legal Education or Continuing Professional Education credits for attorneys and accountants.
Sandra Giorno-Tocco, from the Attorney General’s office will talk about “The Role of the Attorney General in Detecting and Investigating Fraud, Embezzlement, and Diversion of Charitable Assets.” Afterwards, Mwisa Chisunka will provide an Inside Look at the NY State Tax Office, and provide a detailed discussion on estate taxes.
The event includes a buffet dinner. The cost is $35 for members of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and $40 for non-members. Full and partial scholarships, based on need, are available. To register online visit http://cfosny.org/event, or call Sarah at (845) 769-9393.
This seminar is sponsored by Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein LLP; Orange County Bank & Trust; Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone Attorneys at Law; Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC; and The Misner Agency, Inc. co-Sponsors include the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties, a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of NY.
Hudson Valley Gives is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Hudson Valley Gives is an initiative of Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. Visit the event website for more details.
This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. This is our Annual Board Retreat and more details will follow.
Tickets are $45 per person
All proceeds go directly to Marcello’s Miracle Foundation
*Donations are tax deductible
This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Finance Committee Members ONLY.
This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Executive Committee Members ONLY.
- Financial Assistance Available for Teens in Need
- Over a Hundred Local Nonprofits Registered for “Hudson Valley Gives” Second Annual Regional Day of Online Giving Scheduled for May 17
- Ambitious Students Become Community Foundation’s Youngest Fund Representatives to Date
- Community Foundation Awards Board Member William J. Bratton, Jr. with Karen Minogue Award
- Zylofone Performing Arts Center for Special Needs Establishes Agency Endowment Fund
- Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund Announces Available Grants
- Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded to Goshen Art League
- Famed Local Blues Musician to be Remembered, New Fund Established at CFOS to Award Grants & Scholarships in Memory of Bill Perry
- Make a Difference Fund Announces Orange County Grant Recipients for 2016
- Make a Difference Fund Announces Sullivan County Grant Recipients for 2016