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R. J. Smith and Gerald & Rosemary Skoda Recognized for Commitment to Community

2016 Annual Reception Honorees: R.J. Smith, Rosemary and Gerald Skoda

2016 Annual Reception Honorees: R.J. Smith, Rosemary and Gerald Skoda

More than 400 key community and business leaders, friends and family gathered on November 16 to see RJ Smith and Gerald & Rosemary Skoda receive the David T. Cocks Award for Commitment to Community, presented by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. The evening celebrated the accomplishments of the honorees, as well as the Foundation’s milestone of exceeding $21 million in assets spread over 250 charitable funds that the Foundation administers. It also celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Foundation’s expansion into Sullivan County. As a testament to the honorees, the event broke all previous fundraising records. More than $135,000 was raised to support the foundation’s operating budget.

Mr. Smith, of Pine Bush, is a respected member of the Orange County business and civic community. A commercial realtor, he helped establish a community health center in Pine Bush, and has served as town councilman, county legislator, and school board member. Among the many boards he serves, Mr. Smith is founder, past president, and current board member of Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. The Skodas, of Woodbourne, though officially retired, remain exceptionally active across Sullivan County and beyond. Mr. Skoda now runs a farm and a second business, while serving many boards, including Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. He is a founding member of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development and was past Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mrs. Skoda now dedicates her time primarily to the United Way of Sullivan County.

Sponsors for this signature event were: Crystal Run Health; The Kaplan Family Private Foundations; Bonura Hospitality Group; Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Inc.; Orange Bank & Trust Company; Orange Regional Medical Center; Focus Media; Rand Commercial; Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Empire State Bank; Focused Wealth Management; Wilmington Trust; M&T Bank; Lakeland Bank; Orange & Rockland; The Rowley Family; Walden Savings Bank; Advent Valuation Advisors; Jay and Carol Anthony Foundation for Autism Support; Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP; Boyce Excavating; The Bratton Family; Central Hudson Gas & Electric, PLLC; Drake Loeb; GiveGab; Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP; Jeff Bank; Susan D. Najork; Optima Environmental Services; Mary Etta Schneider; TD Bank; Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Times Herald-Record; Bold Gold Media Group; and Fox Radio.

Established in 1999, the Community Foundation empowers local people and organizations to make a profound difference in the quality of life in our region by helping them establish charitable funds that will forever provide grants and scholarships to causes important to them. To date, the Foundation and its component funds has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships in support of animal welfare, arts & culture, education, the environment, and health and human services. To learn more about the work of the Community Foundation please contact Elizabeth Rowley, President and CEO at elizabeth@cfosny.org.

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).
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