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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

Upcoming Events

St. Pat’s Ramble Grand Marshal Reception @ Ward's Bridge Inn
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The St. Pat’s Ramble Committee will host a Grand Marshal Reception in Honor of Charlotte Palumbo. 

Tickets to attend are $25.00 per person – cash bar. 

Reservations are required.

Mass will be held at 11:30 on Sunday March 18 at Holy Name of Mary-Assumption Church, where St. Patrick will be honored and Charlotte Palumbo will be recognized.

SAIL Comedy Night @ Jokers Comedy Club
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Support Strategic Access to Independent Living for high functioning members of the special needs community. 

Doors open at 7:00 PM 
Performance at 9:00 PM

Tickets $20.00 each

Taste of Spain and Special Film Screening of “I’ll Push You” @ Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan - Larkin Conference Room
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Join US!

We are pleased to invite you to enjoy a taste of Spain and a special film screening of the documentary

I’ll Push You

a heartwarming story about two best friends on the journey of a lifetime


Together, Justin and Patrick – one in a wheelchair – travel 500 miles on the El Camino de Santiago (Spain). The multi award-winning film is an intimate portrait of an epic journey and explores the true meaning of friendship, generosity, and vulnerability. It’s a one-of-a-kind documentary chronicling their pilgrimage, which will resonate with viewers craving stories of faith, hope, love, and the power of community. Their trek in 2014 captured the imagination of the world and was featured in/on: The Today Show, the Huffington Post, The Meredith Vieira Show, Der Spiegel, Fox and Friends, and many other outlets. Since their return from Spain, the men are sharing their message of hope, faith, and community worldwide.

 View the trailer: –

We will pair the movie with popcorn & Spanish treats:

  • Sangria
  • Queso Manchego (cheese)
  • Chorizo (sausage)
  • Olives

Proceeds will support three CFOS charitable component funds:


Each of these funds supports programs for people with disabilities.

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Stewart Airport 5K on the Runway! @ Stewart International Airport
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

John us on the RUNWAY at Stewart!

5K fun run at Stewart Airport on the Runway to support the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center! This is our 3rd annual 5K fun run, Saturday, April 28th at Stewart Airport! Register for the 5K on the Runway by April 7th before prices go up!! 

Use code 5KRWY for $5 off pre-registration!!

Have you run with us before? Use code RE5K18

Come run or walk with us at Stewart Airport! We’ll have food, music, gifts and auction items!

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy – Latin Dance Party Concert/Celebration @ Ritz Theater
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, NCPA will present a new Major Spring Fundraising Event, a Latin Dance Party Concert/Celebration featuring Tito Puente Jr. and his Ensemble, at the Ritz Theatre in Newburgh, NY. NCPA Board member Linda Magnusson Rosario and her husband Steve, have graciously agreed to underwrite this event, but we need your help to not only ensure a sold-out concert, but help pave the way to make this opportunity an annual spring fundraising event. 

How can you help? It’s simple- please mark your calendar, and help publicize the event, become a NCPA Latin Dance Party Ambassador by reaching out to your personal and business contacts to become sponsors of the vent, to buy tickets and/or place an ad in the vent program. 

We are also organizing a committee to assist with the event logistics, and if you’d like to be part of this committee, please contact me at 

Show your support today! We appreciate your assistance in making this Annual Spring Event a cornerstone of our NCPA fundraising efforts. 

Event details are posted on our website:

1st Annual Dustin James Fallen Police Officer Memorial Fund Golf Tournament @ West Hills Country Club
Jun 11 @ 11:00 pm – 11:15 pm

To purchase tickets or sponsorships via credit card click here. 

To purchase tickets or sponsorships via cash or check please email

$150.00 per golfer – includes greens fees, cart, range balls, lockers, lunch cocktail hour, dinner, 2 hour open bar and welcome bag
$65.00 cocktail hour/dinner ticket – includes 2 hour open bar and dinner

Click here to view a full list of sponsor opportunities.

We Have Your 6 2nd Annual Pledge Run @ Rider Trendz
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

We Have Your 6 – Golf Fundraiser to Help Veterans with PTSD @ Wiltwyck Country Club
Sep 24 @ 8:30 am


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