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Aileen Gunther secures funds for the ‘Golden Feather Award’

May 19, 2005


[ALBANY] – A collection of photographs depicting beautification efforts by the Sullivan Renaissance Grant Program is on display at the New York State Assembly Offices of Aileen Gunther (D/C – Forestburgh) in Albany.  Earlier this year, the Assemblywoman announced that she had secured $50,000 in funding from the New York State budget for Sullivan Renaissance 2005.


The photographic exhibit documents the first Sullivan Renaissance season in 2001 at 30 locations around Sullivan County.  The photos were taken by members of the Delaware-Hudson Photographers’ Society and first shown at the Sullivan County Cultural Center in Hurleyville.


Assemblywoman Gunther stated, “I take great pride in obtaining this funding for the Sullivan Renaissance project, as my husband Jake did before me.  This funding will encourage some projects to move their beautification projects to the level of community development activities that support even greater change.”


“We are extremely grateful to Aileen Gunther for this grant, which we call the Golden Feather Award,” said Sandra Gerry, “We think it will inspire communities to increase their long-term planning so the benefits they create will last into the future.” 


Sullivan Renaissance 2005 includes more financial support to local communities, an increased emphasis on planning, and a renewed importance on flowers.  A record number of 42 projects will be completed by August 8.    


Sullivan Renaissance is a two-phase aesthetic improvement program of the Beaverkill Foundation with support from the Gerry Foundation.  Through seed grants, communities are encouraged to remove eyesores, improve signage, restore business facades, plant gardens and create landscaping that enhances the surroundings.  Sullivan Renaissance has funded 125 projects in 15 towns and 5 villages in Sullivan County over the previous four years. 


I sincerely believe Sullivan Renaissance to be the single most significant program ever undertaken in the history of Sullivan County,” said Sullivan County Historian John Conway.


For more information, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at