Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter

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.

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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. 

 

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
2017
Office Closed
Jul 3 all-day
Jul
4
Tue
2017
Independence Day – Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
9
Sun
2017
The Matthew R. Bertholf Scholarship Fund Horseshoe Tournament @ Neversink Firemen's Pavilion
Jul 9 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

The tournament will be followed by a BBQ lunch.

Jul
12
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Distribution Committee Members ONLY.

Jul
17
Mon
2017
Sullivan County Scholarship Reception @ The Arnold House
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

New this year!

By invitation only.

In honor of the 2017 scholarship recipients, their families and all donors who made these scholarships possible, we welcome you to attend one or both of this year’s receptions. 

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Monday, July 10

Jul
27
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center - Larkin Conference Room
Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. The 2017 Scholarship Reception will immediately follow this meeting at 5:00PM.

2017 Scholarship Reception @ Village of Montgomery Senior Center
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This event is by invite ONLY. For more information please contact the Event Organizer listed.

Aug
5
Sat
2017
The 4th Annual Copper Bowl @ The Country Club at Otterkill
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
11
Fri
2017
CD Trips: Yankee vs. Red Sox
Aug 11 all-day
Aug
12
Sat
2017
3rd Annual Yankees Baseball Benefit Trip for the Robert Van Etten, Jr. Fund
Aug 12 @ 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

Red Sox vs Yankees
August 12, 2017, Saturday 4:05 PM
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Itinerary*
11:30 am Depart Liberty Darbee Lane Parking Lot
Pickups in Monticello, Rock Hill, Wurtsboro, Circleville & Monroe
2:00 pm Arrive at Yankee Stadium
4:05 pm PLAY BALL – Red Sox vs Yankees
*7:30 pm Depart Yankee Stadium
10:30 pm Return to Liberty
*Itinerary subject to change depending on when game ends and traffic volume
All packages include: R/T Motor Coach, ticket to game, CD Trips
snack pack, CD Trips onboard guide, feature movie, games &
giveaways, bus driver gratuity and lots of fun. Optional Last Licks
Boxed Lunch (Add $12).
RESERVE NOW!
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