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Famed Local Blues Musician to be Remembered, New Fund Established at CFOS to Award Grants & Scholarships in Memory of Bill Perry

Internationally acclaimed blues musician Bill Perry — who was born in Goshen and played with Woodstock folk legend Richie Havens and The Band’s Garth Hudson and Levon Helm — will forever be remembered through grants and scholarships that will be awarded through a new fund established within the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

Before his death in July 2007, in Sugar Loaf, Perry toured the United States and Europe as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. He released seven albums between 1995 and 2006 as part of the Bill Perry Blues Band, and was sometimes referred to as “best bluesman that’s ever called the Hudson Valley his home.”

In his memory, the Bill Perry Memorial Fund for Education and Appreciation will forever award grants to nonprofit music-related organizations and scholarships for students pursuing music education.

“Priority will be given to students graduating from Chester Academy High School and Warwick Valley High School who have shown excellence in the field of music and will encourage the recipients’ ongoing pursuit of music,” said Rachel Bertoni, who established the fund and nine years ago founded the Bill Perry Day Blues Festival, held annually the last Sunday of July, in the Sculpture Garden in Sugar Loaf, NY.

Students interested in applying for the “Ed Vandercliff Scholarship for the Bill Perry Memorial Fund for Music Education and Appreciation” should see their guidance counselors. All grant and scholarship recipients must attend the Bill Perry Day Blues Festival.

Contributions to the fund may be made to CFOS- Bill Perry Memorial Fund for Music Education and Appreciation and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations may also be made at http://cfosny.org/our-funds/field-of-interest/bill-perry-memorial-fund-for-music-education-appreciation. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All gifts are tax deductible under current tax laws. For more information, call the Community Foundation at (845) 769-9393.

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

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The tournament will be followed by a BBQ lunch.

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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
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giveaways, bus driver gratuity and lots of fun. Optional Last Licks
Boxed Lunch (Add $12).
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