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SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE 2009 AWARDS CEREMONY

Monday, August 10 at Tri-Valley School in Grahamsville

July 24, 2009

[GRAHAMSVILLE] – The Sullivan Renaissance 2009 Awards Ceremony will honor the volunteers who are improving communities throughout Sullivan County on Monday, August 10 at the Tri-Valley Central School Theater in Grahamsville.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the program begins at 6:45 p.m.  Refreshments will be served, so please RSVP by August 5.

As Sullivan County celebrates its Bicentennial, volunteers have been busy working on beautification projects in dozens of communities.  This year Sullivan Renaissance is placing special emphasis on the showing of flowers and on projects that interpret local history and incorporate historic elements.  

Award recipients are chosen after communities meet with teams of judges on August 6 or 7 to explain their projects.  The judges then visit the sites over the next two days.  Projects judged the most successful in completing their efforts will receive grants between $1000 and $10,000.  These winners are announced on August 10.  All participants that finish will receive completion grants.

NYS Senator John J. Bonacic was instrumental in obtaining funding for four large community development projects in Category C.  One of these will also receive the $50,000 “Golden Feather Grant” secured by Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.

Stewardship Awards will be given for Historic Preservation, Environmental Stewardship and Best Practices.  These are sponsored and presented by: The Chapin Estate; Jeff Bank; Kristt Company; The River Reporter; Seneca Indian Nation and Rotate Black; and the Sullivan County Democrat.

Additional recognitions include: participants in the mini-grant program; school grant recipients; municipalities that have removed buildings or cleaned up roadsides; demonstration grants to seasonal communities; project maintenance grants; and environmental demonstration grant projects.  Young people will be acknowledged for participating in the intern leadership program.  Scholarships will be announced by SCCC Foundation and the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  To register or for more information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.