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Sullivan Renaissance 2012 Annual Conference and Expo

February 28, 2012

FERNDALE – Eleven businesses, individuals and organizations will receive 2012 Sullivan First Achievement Awards for their commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 at the CVI Center in Ferndale, NY.

This year’s Sullivan First Achievement Awards go to:

  • Spencer Daniels Agency of Monticello – For ongoing commitment to the Village of Monticello and for many contributions to events throughout the community.
  • Aero Star Petroleum, Inc. of Monticello – For being a wonderful showcase of best practices in the landscaping of a commercial property.
  • Eagle Plaza Mall of Monticello – For continued enhancements and landscaping efforts at the Eagle Plaza Mall.
  • Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant of Rock Hill – For landscaping efforts at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant while addressing the interior and exterior building renovations.
  • Jim & Betty Lund – For outstanding and ongoing commitment to volunteer activities with the Woodbourne Action Committee.
  • Dave & Phyllis Moore – For long-term volunteerism with the Neversink Renaissance and for outstanding leadership in the community.
  • Laurie Kilgore – For time and artistic contributions to several community efforts including “Windows on Broadway” in Monticello, Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville and numerous projects in Rock Hill.
  • Barbara Sush – For enthusiastic, long-term volunteerism in Monticello with Sullivan First and Sullivan Renaissance and for a commitment to the beautification of Monticello.
  • St. James Episcopal Church of Callicoon – For outstanding beautification efforts at St. James Episcopal Church and for the enhancement of the Hamlet of Callicoon.
  • Keith Gilmour and the Recovery Center – For outstanding and ongoing commitment to Sullivan Renaissance and numerous volunteer activities in the Village of Monticello.
  • Youth Economic Group of Rural Migrant Ministries – For outstanding efforts that demonstrate how young people can make a difference in their communities through volunteerism and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The CVI Center will be filled with flowers and garden exhibitors as the conference introduces the Renaissance Collection, a group of annuals and perennials that meet the challenges of gardening in Sullivan County. 

The keynote address will be delivered by Joe Lamp’l (aka Joe Gardener), host and executive producer of the award-winning series “Growing a Greener World” on public television, who will talk about gardening trends around the country.  His groundbreaking series delivers the latest trends in eco-friendly living mixed with traditional gardening know-how.  To view a full episode online, go to

All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and expo.  The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 2:00 p.m.  Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion. 

Applications for the 2012 grant program will be available.  They are also on-line at

Conference workshop space is limited to the first registrants, so please RSVP by March 6.  Workshops and presenters include:

·         The Renaissance Collection : Vivian Multari-Ginsberg, Mary Lewis, Peter Patel

·         Getting Maintenance Support : Mary Lewis

·         Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers: Lori McKean, Sue Currier

·         Cultivating Community Leaders : Peg Ellsworth & Helen Budrock

·         Main Street Success Stories : Peg Ellsworth

·         Enhance Your Storefront for Under $200: Vivian Multari-Ginsberg

·         Catskill Edible Garden Project (Two Sessions): Dan Levinson, Emily Deans

·         Sullivan Renaissance Salon (Individual Appointments): Sullivan Renaissance Staff

To sign up on-line, go to and at the top of the page, click on the “Annual Conference – Register” Quicklink.  To obtain a workshop registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  To send in a form, fax 845-295-2746; email to; or mail to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

This is a recycling event; appropriate receptacles will be provided for attendees.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.