Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter

2016 Annual Reception

R.J. Smith and Gerald & Rosemary Skoda, outstanding business and civic leaders, will be honored at this years annual reception from 5:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday, November 16, at Anthony’s Pier 9, in New Windsor. More than 400 community and key business leaders are expected to attend, where honorees will be presented with the 2016 David T. Cocks Award for Commitment to Community, an annual recognition bestowed upon those who make significant contributions to enrich the lives of people in Orange and Sullivan counties.

The evening will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking at 5:30 p.m. The awards program, with plated desserts and table seating, follows. Event proceeds will support the Foundation’s objective to “connect people who care with causes that matter,” by helping donors establish charitable funds that award scholarships to local students and grants to support the environment, education, arts, and health and human service programs in our region.

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Mr. Smith is a dedicated and respected member of the Orange County business and civic community. A commercial realtor with 40+ years of experience, he is a respected leader in Hudson Valley commercial and industrial development. In addition to his keen business acumen, Mr. Smith excels at strengthening his community. He is a visionary who helped establish a community health center in his hometown of Pine Bush and later served as a town councilman, county legislator, and on the Pine Bush School Board. He is founder, past president, and current board member for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, where he helped establish countless funds that distribute annual charitable grants and scholarships, in addition to two of his own scholarship funds. Mr. Smith also serves on the boards of both the Wallkill Valley Federal Savings and Loan and the Storm King Art Center. He is past President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation. 

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Skoda’s dedication stretches across Sullivan County and beyond. Though both officially “retired,” Mr. Skoda operates a large Woodbourne crop farm while running an agricultural consulting and farm tax preparation firm. He serves as President of Mid-Hudson Co-Operative Insurance Co., Montgomery, and serves on the boards of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Greater Hudson Valley Health Systems, Emerald Corporate Park, and Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. He is a founding member of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development and has a long tenure as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mrs. Skoda retired as Executive Director of the USDA Farm Services Agency and has served scouts and 4-H, as well as SUNY Sullivan, and Hospice Auxiliary. She now dedicates her time to the United Way of Sullivan County. Together, they award an annual Foundation scholarship and donate fresh vegetables to Boys & Girls Clubs, CACHE Community Action, St. Andrew’s Church Food Pantry, Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, and United Way.

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Upcoming Events

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
8
Sun
2017
The Siegel Family Music and Arts Endowment Fund @ Downtown BARN
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct
9
Mon
2017
Columbus Day – Office Closed
Oct 9 all-day
Oct
15
Sun
2017
NY Jets vs. NE Patriots Football Trip to Metlife Stadium @ Metlife Stadium
Oct 15 @ 7:30 am – 7:30 pm

Join CD Trips for a trip to Metlife Stadium on Sunday, October 15th when the New York Jets take on their eastern division rivals and 2017 Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots. Included is an awesome pre-game tailgate party with great food hosted/prepared by Erin and Allan Lipsky, CD Trips snack pack & escort, onboard movie, bus driver gratuity & loads of fun. This trip will benefit the Child Care Council of Orange County & Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau Fund at The Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan.

 

Package Includes:
R/T transportation on Rolling V Motor Coach
Jets Front Line PhotoTicket to the Game
CD Trips Tailgate Party prepared by Erin and Allan Lipsky – Menu Below 
CD Trips Snack Pack
Optional Last Licks Boxed Lunch (Add $12 pp)
CD Trips Onboard Escort
Feature Movie
Bus Driver Gratuity
Fun! Fun! Fun!

Tailgate Menu: BBQ Chicken Wings, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Erin’s Famous Chili, Chicken Jumbalaya, Hot Dog station with condiments, Pasta Salad and/or Mac & Cheese, Corn Bread, Water/Soda and MORE! *Menu is subject to change.
Tailgate is being hosted/prepared by Erin and Allan Lipsky

Itinerary
7:30    AM    Departure from Liberty – Darbee Lane Municipal Lot
7:50    AM    Pickup in Monticello – Thompson Square Mall Route 42
8:00    AM    Pickup in Rock Hill – Farmer’s Market Parking Lot Exit 109
8:15    AM    Pickup at Wurtsboro Park and Ride Exit 113 off I-86/SR 17
8:30    AM    Pickup at Circleville Park and Ride Exit 119 off I-86/SR 17
8:50    AM    Pickup at Monroe Park and Ride  Exit 129 off I-86/SR 17
10:00  AM    Arrive Metlife Stadium
Enjoy CD Trips Tailgate Party prepared by Erin and Allan Lipsky  – Woohoo!
1:00    PM    KICKOFF – New York Jets vs New England Patriots
4:30    PM    Depart Metlife Stadium (or 1/2 hour after game ends)
6:15    PM    Dropoff in Monroe
6:35    PM    Dropoff in Circleville
6:55    PM    Dropoff in Wurtsboro
7:10    PM    Dropoff in Rock Hill
7:20    PM    Dropoff in Monticello
7:30    PM    Return to Liberty
+ Itinerary subject to change based on end time of game & traffic

About the Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau Fund: The fund was created to enhance existing and/or provide additional services that are not currently in the Youth Bureau’s operating budget. This fund will be utilized for special projects (i.e. youth scholarships, skill building opportunities for children, youth, young adults, and families). Orange County Youth Bureau’s Mission: To promote positive youth development through County-wide integrated planning, funding, monitoring, coordinating and developing youth and family services programs for Orange County youth ages 0-21. Promoting Positive Youth Development since. 1978! Donations are fully tax-deductible charitable contributions and should be made payable to CFOS-Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau Fund. 

 

About the Child Care Council of Orange County: Organized as a Non-Profit Corporation in 1971. The Council was organized to coordinate, assist and promote day care services in Orange County. Original funding came from RECAP (Regional Economic Community Action Program) and services were referrals to parents and training of child care center staff. In l978 reduced funding to RECAP caused us to lose their funding. Via a group of center directors, they tried working with parents needing child care and to hold trainings at each other’s site to maintain staff development for about five years. Through the 1980’s they accessed funding of discretionary funds from one of our Assemblywomen and hired a director to continue parent referrals, were a resource for Work Family Directions parent referrals, became a sponsor of CACFP (Child Adult Care Food Program) and hired another staff person. About then the County started to certify Family Day Care Providers and they were given funding to train providers. With the 1990’s they became stronger, hired additional staff and were awarded the CCR&R (Child Care Resource and Referral) contract from NYS DSS (Department of Social Services) and in about 1994 were given the Registrar contract by Orange County. Today they continue all of the above services under contracts from NYS OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services – www.ocfs.state.ny.org) , USDA NYS DOH CACFP (United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Health – www.fns.usda.gov), Orange County DSS (Department of Social Services), and Professional Development Program (http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/). They charge minimal fees for enhanced training, work with providers on CDA (Child Development Associate credential – www.cdacouncil.org) and SACC (Afterschool Works NY credential –www.afterschoolwksny.org), and for program accreditation (refer to child care professionals on our website).

 

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.

Oct
26
Thu
2017
Make Philanthropy Great Again! @ Orange County Chamber of Commerce Larkin Conference Room
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan for a FREE SEMINAR with speakers Susan Diamond, MSW Agent, New York Life Insurance Company, Bonnie Orr, CPA, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, P.C. and Richard Shapiro, Esq., Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP to bring together donors and prospects and educate them on how to be a philanthropist, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder, and help build the capacity for engaged philanthropy  – so that they can achieve their philanthropic ambitions for themselves, their families and their communities.

In this seminar we will cover:

  • wealth transfer
  • heir preparedness and philanthropic planning
  • philanthropic tax strategies,
  • differences among charitable vehicles
  • how to activate a strategic giving plan
  • look at charity as a way to transfer wealth, Benefits of donating long-term appreciated assets or complex assets
  • help identify and meet their long term goals, how to articulate charitable goals and implement effective gifts.

Light refreshments will be served.

To reserve your spot at this seminar, please email Sarah Pruschki at sarah@cfosny.org

Nov
3
Fri
2017
“Leaving a Legacy for Youth” Dress Down Day
Nov 3 all-day
Nov
10
Fri
2017
Veterans Day – Office Closed
Nov 10 all-day

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