Over 400 supporters of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan were in attendance to honor Alan and Sandra Gerry, the Gerry Foundation and Sullivan Renaissance on April 29th at the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor was the distinguished host for the event. The Celebration, chaired by Dottie Fein, netted over $52,000 for the nonprofit organization which helps individuals, organizations, and businesses establish permanent charitable endowment funds through which grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and scholarships will be awarded to students throughout the region…forever.
Senator John J. Bonacic introduced and congratulated Alan Gerry on his many accomplishments including the creation of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He also congratulated Sandra Gerry on the Sullivan Renaissance program which has resulted in the funding of over 325 community beautification projects in all six villages and 15 towns of Sullivan County since its beginning in 2001.
Gerald N. Jacobowitz, President of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation thanked the entire community and founding contributors of the Community Foundation for their efforts and continued support. RJ Smith, founder and immediate past Board President thanked the Gerry Foundation for its support of the Community Foundation and other nonprofit endeavors throughout the region.
Event Sponsors included: RJ and Lizz Smith, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Hudson Valley Investment Advisors LLC/Provident Bank, Philip J. DeAngelo – Passante Associates LLC, Jim and Mary Ottaway, Orange Regional Medical Center, The Suehnholz Family, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Church Communities, Crystal Run Healthcare, First Federal Savings of Middletown, Times Herald-Record, Walden Savings Bank, Catskill Hudson Bank, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Construction Contractors Association, Empire State Bank, First National Bank of Jeffersonville, Goldstein, Lieberman & Company LLC, Grimm Construction, Inc., HVFCU Financial Services, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, Alan and Mary Lewis, M&T Bank, The Oak Group at Wells Fargo Advisors; Rider, Weiner & Frankel, P.C., Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahon & Milligram, PLLC; Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley, Anthony’s Pier 9, Jim and Eileen Taylor and Steingart Printing.
Through the vision of its founders, the Community Foundation has helped thoughtful minded individuals, businesses, and organizations create 92 charitable funds. Those charitable funds have provided $1.6 million in grants and scholarships and over $4.5 million in pass-through grants to worthy community nonprofit initiatives.