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RENAISSANCE AWARDS AT BETHEL WOODS

Golden Feather and Special Awards, Seasonal Communities, Interns

August 1, 2005

[BETHEL] – Dozens of community beautification and improvement projects throughout Sullivan County will be honored at the Sullivan Renaissance 2005 Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 15. The 6:00 p.m. celebration is being held on the site of the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods in Bethel, NY. It includes light picnic fare and music by Somerville.

Twelve communities judged the most successful in completing their projects will win second round grants between $1000 and $10,000. The Golden Feather Award of $50,000 will go to one of four large community development projects. The grant was secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther; State Senator John Bonacic obtained funding for the community development projects.

Communities have been hard at work on 42 projects since initial grants were awarded in March. A team of judges from outside Sullivan County will inspect the projects on Saturday, August 13 and determine the winners. All participants that finish will receive completion grants.

New this year, are Historic Preservation Awards to acknowledge communities that have shown an outstanding effort in addressing a heritage preservation issue. Environmental Impact Awards will go to communities that have made significant contributions to the environment as part of their project.

Certificates will be given to 12 seasonal communities that have participated in a special summer program to improve the appearance of their property and to beautify the area. These summer camps and bungalow colonies were awarded grants in June for clean-up and aesthetic improvement projects.

Sixteen young people will be recognized for participating in a gardening internship program where they learned horticulture while assisting Renaissance projects with the care of their flowers. In addition, the Community School Beautification Award will recognize projects at the Youngsville School and the George L. Cooke School that were undertaken as part of Sullivan Renaissance this year. Scholarship awards for Sullivan Renaissance volunteers will be announced by Sullivan County Community College Foundation.

Sullivan Renaissance is a project of the Beaverkill Foundation with support from the Gerry Foundation. For a list of the groups and projects or more information call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.