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COMMUNITY RECOGNITION EVENT

SullivanArc to Recognize Sullivan Renaissance at Dinner

September 20, 2011

[MONTICELLO] – Sullivan Renaissance will receive the 2011 “President’s Award” at SullivanArc’s 20th Annual Community Recognition Event on Friday, October 28 at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg.  SullivanArc has been providing support and services to people with disabilities for over 60 years. 

In announcing the award, SullivanArc and the SullivanArc Foundation praised Sullivan Renaissance for “its commitment to excellence and boundless spirit.”

Sullivan Renaissance and SullivanArc have partnered on projects for many years, including beautification of a “Welcome to Monticello” sign in 2004 and establishment of a community garden at Hemming Farm in Woodbourne in 2010.  In addition, the two organizations have been collaborating on the Sullivan County Garden Tour annually for the last three years.  All proceeds from the garden tour benefit the SullivanArc Horticultural Program.

Sullivan Renaissance is known for the variety of grants that it distributes to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County.  One of the funding requirements is that each applicant considers how its proposal will be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

“Honoring Sullivan Renaissance really means recognizing the many volunteers who work in communities to improve the way they look.  This pride in ‘who we are’ is the same value that SullivanArc promotes with the people it serves,” said Sullivan Renaissance Director Glenn Pontier, “We are proud to be part of the SullivanArc mission to enable persons with disabilities to live as contributing and valued members of the community.”

The event will also honor one of SullivanArc’s recipients with the annual “Derrick Finn Award” which is given to a person with disabilities who excels in sports or the arts.  The award is named after SullivanArc resident Derrick Finn, an accomplished athlete, who passed away in 2005.

Everyone is invited to attend the dinner.  For information, or to purchase tickets or a journal ad, contact Joan Glase at SullivanArc at 845-796-1350 ext. 1050 or visit www.sullivanarc.org.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.