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COMMUNITY MITZVAH AWARD

Seasonal Communities Compete in Beautification Contest

May 31, 2013

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance has challenged five seasonal communities to take part in a Community Mitzvah Award contest.  A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the participant that best cleans-up and maintains its grounds and improves the look of its facility.

Participants include: American Theological on Route 42 in Monticello; Camp Skwere on Glen Wild Road in Woodridge; Florida Bungalow Colony on Mountaindale Road in Mountaindale; Mt. Hope Bungalows on Route 55 in Swan Lake; and Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg.

The contest has begun with several camps already making improvements to their grounds.  Each camp will be observed on a weekly basis by data takers who record what they see from the road.  The sites will be visited by a team of judges from outside Sullivan County in August and the winner announced at the Awards Ceremony at SUNY Sullivan on August 11.     

All the camps that complete the contest will receive a completion grant of $500. 

The goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help guide communities to improve their visual standards.  These efforts have become widespread throughout Sullivan County because improved property appearances elevate and enhance community ties and increase the value of the community. 

Since 2007 Sullivan Renaissance has also offered a limited number of matching grants for seasonal residents to improve the appearance of their properties with projects that serve as an example for others.  Funding ranges from matching grants up to $2500 to reimbursable mini-grants up to $250.  Seasonal communities are second home communities, bungalow colonies and summer camps.

Eligible projects include: fixing up entranceways and gates, planting flower gardens or other landscaping, removal of old structures and cleaning up dump sites, replacing fencing, upgrading signage, and simply planting flowers in planters or hanging baskets.  Improvements must be made in areas visible to the public.

For information about Sullivan Renaissance’s seasonal program, contact Allen Frishman at 845-295-2445 or afrishman@sullivanrenaissance.org.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include: Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS.