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About Oscar B. Greenleaf

Oscar B. Greenleaf March 27, 1905 - January 14, 2003

Oscar B. Greenleaf
March 27, 1905 – January 14, 2003

Oscar Benton Greenleaf was born on March 27, 1905 in the Village of Otisville, NY, in the home of his grandparents, Andrew and Etta Bailey Craig.

His father, Oscar Shaw Greenleaf, was a proprietor of the Greenleaf Hotel and Livery in Otisville, an important business to the community at the time. The family was among the early settlers in the Town of Mt. Hope. Shortly after Oscar’s birth, his father bought a very large Victorian home on State Street, where Oscar lived for most of his life.

After graduating from Otisville High School, a family friend arranged for Oscar to work as a bellboy at an exclusive Florida resort, Atlantis-by-the Sea. Later, Oscar and a friend signed on to work aboard the transatlantic passenger liner, the President Garfield, also as bellboys. They spent time in both England and France: quite an education for a young man from the country.

Oscar began his working career with a New York Telephone Company as a laborer, setting poles, at a time when the holes were hand-dug. Afterwards, he joined Rockland Light and Power Company, one of the predecessor companies of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

In these years, he sold electricity to the many farms in the region and ran line extensions into the rural areas. In the prime of his business career, he was active in the affairs of the community, serving on the board of the Port Jervis Hospital, and also on county and local development boards. He retired in 1970 as a Commercial Manager of the Port Jervis, NY/Milford, PA. Utility operation.

In 1984, Oscar sold his Otisville house and moved to a much smaller, ranch-style house in Port Jervis. In March 1993, during a severe blizzard, his home and contents were destroyed by fire in the middle of the night. He managed to escape with just a flashlight, bedroom slippers and a robe.

At age 87, he rebuilt his home, almost exactly, and remained there until his death at age 97.

Oscar was an intensely private person. He was quietly generous in his private and personal philanthropy but only to those issues and matters on which he felt strongly.

He was an ordinary person with extraordinary goals: to live life to its fullest, and give so that others could learn. His bequest has made it possible for children in Port Jervis to enjoy scholarships not only now, but in perpetuity. His goodwill will live on forever because of his gift to the Community Foundation.

The Greenleaf Legacy Society is now something you can be part of, too. Just like Oscar Greenleaf, anyone can leave a lasting gift to benefit the charity of their choice.

Live well. Give well. Become a member of the Greenleaf Legacy Society, and like Oscar Greenleaf, you can leave a lasting legacy too. 

Upcoming Events

Feb
23
Fri
2018
Wine Down & Paint for the Playground – Warwick Playground Dreams @ Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 1:26 am

Join Warwick Playground Dreams for a night of art and fun! 

Includes:
Art instruction and painting supplies
Two wine glasses and a bottle for painting
Cork light for your finished bottle
Glass of wine
Cheese & Fruit Plate to share

Advance reservations and payment is required
$50.00 donation per person. 
6:45 PM check in.

Mar
4
Sun
2018
Fundraising Event at Guido’s Pizzeria & Restaurant to Benefit Christina Cares: The Kara-Lynn Project @ Guido's Pizza Parlor
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mar
7
Wed
2018
SAIL Empowerment Group @ Warwick Reformed Church
Mar 7 @ 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

*Snow date March 14*

Strategic Access to Independent Living shared experience support for high functioning adults with special needs and their caregivers.

Guest Speaker:
Sher Singh
Family Self-Sufficiency Rep
PathStone

RSVP 877-598-7245

Mar
18
Sun
2018
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.

Apr
21
Sat
2018
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

jokerscomedyclubny.com

Apr
28
Sat
2018
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!

May
12
Sat
2018
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 DAassociatespr@gmail.com. 

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: www.noracroninpresentationacademy.org

Jun
11
Mon
2018
1st Annual Dustin James Fallen Police Officer Memorial Fund Golf Tournament @ West Hills Country Club
Jun 11 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm

To purchase tickets or sponsorships via credit card click here. 

To purchase tickets or sponsorships via cash or check please email dustinjamesmemorial@gmail.com

$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.

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