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Community Foundation Concludes Record Year Welcomes New Board Chairman – Thanks Outgoing Chairman

Elizabeth Rowley (center), CFOS President and CEO, thanks outgoing CFOS Board Chairman Josh Sommers (left) and welcomes incoming CFOS Board Chairman Timothy McCausland (right).

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan concluded another record breaking year June 30, with over $1.5million in charitable grants and scholarships distributed during the year and total assets of just over $29million.  During the 2017/2018 fiscal year, 44 new funds were established by thoughtful friends, neighbors and businesses that will benefit area students and nonprofit causes in perpetuity.  The new year also brings a change in the leadership of the Board of Directors, as Timothy S. McCausland, Managing Director of Orange Bank & Trust Company, becomes the Chair of the Board, succeeding Josh Sommers, President and CEO of Focus Media.  Mr. Sommers served as Chair from 2016-2018, during which time assets of the Foundation grew from $18million to $29million.  This significant growth is due to the outstanding board he led paired with the hard work of a professional staff and loyal community volunteers.       

Mr. McCausland, an attorney and Sullivan County resident, brings a plethora of invaluable experience and knowledge and the Foundation will continue to thrive under his leadership.  Having joined the Board of Directors in 2009, Mr. McCausland has been a strong advocate for the Community Foundation for over nine years. His extensive background in legal matters, private banking and economic development will support Mr. McCausland’s role as an exceptional board leader for the Foundation. “I am honored to be selected by my director colleagues to chair this great organization. Josh Sommers concludes a superb turn as chair and his efforts will be hard to match. I look forward to working with Elizabeth and her team of professionals over the next two years to continue the support of so many great causes that directly impact the lives of our neighbors,” said Mr. McCausland.

The Foundation thanks outgoing Chairman Josh Sommers, President of Focus Media, for two successful years of leadership. Mr. Sommers joined the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation in 2006 and been part of the organization’s continued growth. “It has been one of my proudest professional moments serving as Chairman of the Community Foundation Board. CFOS serves a vital role in helping members of our community and facilitating philanthropy in our region. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this great organization,” said Mr. Sommers.  As a former radio personality and current president of a thriving full-service communications agency, Mr. Sommers has played an important role in bringing the Foundation to new heights. Mr. Sommers joins a distinguished list of the Foundation’s past chairpersons including Ruth B. Kassel, Esq., founding Board Chair (1999-2002), Richard J. Smith (2003-2009), Gerald N. Jacobowitz, Esq. (2010-2012), and Derrik Wynkoop (2013-2016).

Upcoming Events

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau – Trip to NY Botanical Gardens & the Bronx Zoo
Sep 22 all-day

Packages Start at $90.00.

Proceeds benefit the Child Care Council of Orange County and Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau.

Visit event website or Facebook page for full details.

Sep
24
Mon
2018
We Have Your 6 – Golf Fundraiser to Help Veterans with PTSD @ Wiltwyck Country Club
Sep 24 @ 8:30 am


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Oct
12
Fri
2018
Illuminate Goshen Fall Ball @ Brown Barn Farms
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us as we ring in the Fall Season with this year’s Illuminate Goshen Fall Ball! 

We are currently accepting sponsorships to this event. We ask that you consider participating in whatever level you feel possible. To view the sponsorship levels and what each level entails and to purchase a sponsorship, click here. Checks can be mailed to CFOS/Illuminate Goshen PO Box 919, Goshen, NY 10924.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Professional Advisors Seminar: What Every Advisor MUST Know: How to Help Your Clients Protect Their Assets @ William J. Larkin Conference Room
Oct 25 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Speakers: Marc Selden, J.D., LL.M., national recognized lecturer, Member: Cozen O’Connor, New York City, and Richard J. Shapiro, J.D., CELA.

This 2-credit charitable giving seminar, presented by the Community Foundation’s Professional Advisors Council, will teach  you everything you need to know about asset protection planning and how you can help your clients preserve and protect their assets.

Registration & Networking: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Buffet Dinner & Seminar: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Credits: Attorneys – 2 CLE credits*; CPAs – 2 CPE credits*

RSVP by October 19


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*Credits are pending. This program is transitional and appropriate for experienced and newly admitted attorneys. The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York has been certified by the New York State Continuing Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. Full and partial scholarships based on need are available. All requests are confidential.  

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Pillars of the Community Awards Gala @ Anthony's Pier 9
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Nineteenth Annual
Pillars of the Community Awards Gala
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6PM
at Anthony’s Pier 9

Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Raena Endick Korenman
Newburgh Enlarged City School District – Retired
Women’s Health Champion

Distinguished Service Honorees
David M. Hoovler, Esq.
Orange County District Attorney

Orange Regional Medical Center
Improving the Health of our Community

Nov
14
Wed
2018
Annual Reception @ Anthony's Pier 9
Nov 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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