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Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo

February 21, 2013

FERNDALE – Nine businesses, individuals and organizations will receive 2013 Sullivan First Achievement Awards for their commitment to improving the appearance of Sullivan County during the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference, Local Market and Expo on Saturday, March 9 at the CVI Center in Ferndale, NY.

This year’s Sullivan First Achievement Awards go to:

·         Monticello Farm Home & Garden – For ongoing support of Sullivan Renaissance projects and contributions toward community beautification efforts.

·         Kohl’s Cares – Associates in Action, Wurtsboro – For corporate volunteerism and the time the staff has dedicated to community projects throughout Sullivan County.

·         The Sullivan, Rock Hill – For “above and beyond” landscaping efforts and building renovations at The Sullivan Hotel.

·         Thunder 102/Bold Gold Media – For ongoing support of the Sullivan Renaissance program and for generous donation of radio time.

·         John Evans, Roscoe – For outstanding and ongoing commitment to engage youth in Sullivan Renaissance community projects.

·         Nancy Levin, Swan Lake – For long-term volunteerism with Swan Lake Renaissance and for leadership in the community.

·         Etta Barbanti, Liberty – For commitment to volunteer activities and tireless dedication to beautification efforts in the Village of Liberty.

·         Jim Steinberg & the Monticello DPW – For ongoing commitment to beautification efforts in the Village of Monticello, and for tireless support to volunteers and Renaissance projects over the years.

·         Callicoon Business Association, Callicoon – For unwavering commitment and dedication to beautification efforts in the Hamlet of Callicoon and for overcoming recent obstacles.

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 3:00 p.m.  Door prizes will be awarded at the conference conclusion. 

The event has three main elements:

·         The conference features multiple workshops, awards presentation and keynote address;

·         The local market will offer participants and guests the opportunity to purchase local, natural and organic goods from area farms and businesses; and

·         The expo highlights exhibits by many of Sullivan County’s garden centers and nurseries, along with other vendors with products and services of interest to volunteers.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international consultant on the positive impacts of community beautification on economic development and tourism.  He will speak about the power and impact of volunteers to make change in their communities.  Dr Tarlow has been working with Sullivan Renaissance for the past two years to explore opportunities with many individuals and organizations throughout Sullivan County.  Dr. Tarlow will also present a workshop focused on youth leadership and will be available for a limited number of one-to-one conversations.

Applications for the 2013 grant program will be available.  They are also on-line at

Conference workshop space is limited to the first registrants, so RSVP by March 5.  Workshops and presenters include:

·         Youth Panel : Dr. Peter Tarlow

·         Meet Dr. Peter Tarlow: Sullivan Renaissance staff will schedule a specific time

·         2013 Renaissance Collection: Diana K. Weiner

·         Showing of Flowers: Diana K. Weiner

·         Trees in Your Landscape: Janet Gula, George Profous

·         Beneficials in Your Garden: Susan Dollard, Helene Chappell, Jim Kile

·         Volunteer Development: Cara Kowalski

·         Social Media 101: David Binkowski, Cara Kowalski

·         Sullivan Renaissance Salon: Renaissance staff will schedule individual appointments

Workshop space will be limited to the first registrants.  To sign up on-line, go to  To obtain a registration form, call Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445.  To return a form, email to; fax it to 845-295-2746; 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.