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Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation

Established through the generosity of Lazare Kaplan, one of the world’s best known diamond merchants, this fund distributes charitable grants to programs and initiatives impacting youth from the Town of Rockland. Educational scholarships to students pursuing higher education are also distributed.

Lazare Kaplan, the man who cut the 726-carat Jonker diamond in 1936, established this educational foundation in 1965 in his and his wife’s name. Descended from three generations of jewelers, Russian-born Lazare grew up in Belgium. In 1896, at the young age of 13, he began his apprenticeship at his uncle’s diamond cutting factory. His manual dexterity and knack for cleaving flawed and irregular stones made Kaplan one of the most well-known diamond cutters of his time. At age 20, Kaplan started his own diamond business and eventually moved his family to the United States. He was an amazing diamond cutter recognized for over 75 years of innovative design and diamond cutting.  In the early 1920’s Lazare purchased a family farm in Lew Beach just outside of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County and embraced the community, becoming active as a Livingston Manor Rotarian in the mid-sixties.  Lazare passed away at the age of 102 at the farm.

Lazare established the Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation with an unexpected $60,000 insurance settlement he received. The foundation was originally established as an endowment for Sullivan County Community College to award scholarships to students. The Foundation will support scholarships for students as well as after school activities, recreational facilities, etc. To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to over 1,500 students and has provided numerous community grants to nonprofit organizations that serve Livingston Manor and the neighboring communities.

Mission Statement:

“To get the kids off the streets of Livingston Manor” – and to the extent that we have funds available from earnings and capital gains, as designated by the Board of Directors, to meet the needs of Livingston Manor first, and then if resources are available, to extend the same to our neighboring communities.

This means providing funds for education to individuals in the arts and sciences and especially in the trades. It also means supporting programs like after school activities, educational support, competitions, recreational facilities, etc.

We should fund projects that are supplemental, and not within the realm of responsibilities of the schools or other governmental agencies.

With our limited resources, we must restrict ourselves to assistance which is vital to the individual or activity concerned: that is, without our help, it would not take place.

To download a Grant application, click here.

To download a Scholarship application, click here.

To download a Recurring Scholarship Application, Click here.

To visit the Lazare and Charlotte Kaplan Foundation official website, click here.


Upcoming Events

Summer Concert Series – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Church Park
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 28 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for a concert on the green every Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty of the village. 

7th Annual Spirit, Beer & Wine Fundraiser @ Downtown Barn
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event benefits the Liberty Rotary Club Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. 

Sponsor levels:

Top Shelf – $500 or more

Premium – $250-$499

Stout – $100-$249

Pilsner – $50-$99

Trotter Auction – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Limoncello at the Orange Inn
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come bid on your favorite horses to benefit both our local artists and our local programs. 

Fall Ball – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Stagecoach Inn
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for our cocktail party fundraiser in the newly renovated space at the Stagecoach Inn. The restaurant will be closed to the public during this event to allow for dancing, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 

Early bird ticket pricing:
$110 Single Ticket
$200 Couple

Fall Festival – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Myron Urbanski Memorial Park
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Featuring our first ever kickball tournament, art walk, pumpkin carving and more! 

Ticket pricing to follow.

Village of Goshen Tree Lighting – Hosted by Illuminate Goshen @ Church Park
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm

Featuring music, kids’ activities, carolers, readings and more! 

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Festival @ TBD
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring music, children’s activities and a 9:00 PM ball drop.


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