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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.

Upcoming Events

Aug
17
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Aug
21
Mon
2017
The 19th Annual Willie Carter Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Golf Classic @ West Hills Country Club
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Aug
23
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Sep
4
Mon
2017
Labor Day – Office Closed
Sep 4 all-day
Sep
16
Sat
2017
Aviation Scholarship Reception: Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation @ Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for the 1st ever Marius Ivascu Aviation Scholarship Reception!

Nearly 3 years ago this fund was created to honor the legacy of Marius Ivascu. Help us continue to pay it forward by attending our reception on September 16th, 2017 at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. 

As we continue to award scholarships we need your support!

We’ll be providing small bites and cocktails after the Old Rhinebeck’s Airshow. Learn how you can support local aviation and keep his memory alive!

Date/Time: September 16th, 2017
4:30pm – 7pm

Where: The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
9 Norton Rd, Red Hook, NY 12571

Cost: $40 in advance and $45 at the door

If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the
Marius Ivascu Aviation Scholarship Foundation

Sep
28
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center- Larkin Conference Room
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Oct
4
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Oct
9
Mon
2017
Columbus Day – Office Closed
Oct 9 all-day
Oct
19
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Oct
25
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

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