Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter

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

Apr
4
Tue
2017
Fund Representative Workshop & Dinner @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center - Larkin Conference Room
Apr 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This workshop is for:

  • Current Fund Representatives (and friends and families who help raise money for your fund)
  • Prospective Fund Representatives
  • Your Board Members
  • Your Volunteers

Please come for all or part of the session to learn about:

  • Investment Performance
  • How to cultivate legacy and other “non-traditional” gifts – now AND later
  • New ways to “grow” your fund, including donor-initiated fundraising events, fundraising trips, jewelry parties, and more
  • GiveGab online fundraising platform
  • Hudson Valley Gives 24-hour online giving event on May 17

RSVP by March 23 to admin@cfosny.org or call 845-769-9393 with names & contact information (phone & email)

Please RSVP so that we may plan for sufficient materials and food. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Apr
5
Wed
2017
CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

CFOS Distribution Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Apr
20
Thu
2017
CFOS Finance Committee Meeting @ CFOS Conference Room
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Apr
26
Wed
2017
CFOS Executive Committee Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank Corporate HQ - 2nd Floor Board Room
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

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

Apr
29
Sat
2017
Hudson Valley Light it Up Blue 2017 @ The Fountains of Wallkill
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 2:00 am

HUDSON VALLEY LIGHT IT UP BLUE 2017 CELEBRATION!

This year, all proceeds will benefit Beautiful People, the Orange County Chapter of Miracle League, for the development of Orange County’s FIRST ‘Field of Dreams’ so that ALL children have a chance to play baseball and enjoy the benefits of being a part of a team!

Raffles, Door Prizes & 50/50:
Over 100 Prizes were given away last year!

There is NO charge to attend.
Donations will be accepted at the Door and throughout the night.

Donations also accepted online:
www.hvlightitupblue.com

10 rooms have been blocked off at Home2 Suites by Hilton Middletown, NY, located at 600 Rte 211 East under code: HVLIUB. ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 8TH!
845-703-8000

Pasta Station will be donated by The Fountains of Wallkill.
Dessert Bar will be donated by You’re the Boss!
Grill Menu Available after 6:30PM
Cash Bar

Live Entertainment:
DJ Chewy & MC Ray Ayala
Live Bandeoke donated by HILLBILLY PARADE
AND THE HYPE!!!

May
1
Mon
2017
6th Annual Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation Golf Event @ Blue Hill Golf Course
May 1 @ 12:00 pm

Our Signature Event Raising Funds For AVM Research

Lunch and Dinner

Silent Auction, Raffles and Short Program

May
9
Tue
2017
Professional Advisor Seminar @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center
May 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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.


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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.

May
17
Wed
2017
Hudson Valley Gives @ Hudson Valley
May 17 all-day

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.

May
25
Thu
2017
CFOS Full Board Meeting and Annual Retreat @ TBD
May 25 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This is a closed event for CFOS Staff and Board Members ONLY. This is our Annual Board Retreat and more details will follow.

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