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Seasonal Communities Can Win Prizes in Beautification Contest

May 9, 2014

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance is challenging seasonal bungalow colonies and summer camps to take part in a six-week long Community Mitzvah Award contest this summer.  The award is designed to engage these summer residents in the countywide beautification efforts. 

Three top prizes worth $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will be awarded to the participants that best clean-up and maintain their grounds and improve the look of their facilities.

The deadline for applying is Friday, May 30.  Applications are available on line at or by calling Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.

Last year saw five participants in the contest, which was won by Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg.  Up to ten applicants will be approved for participation this year.

All the participating camps and colonies will receive a $500 seed grant, and those that finish the contest will get a completion grant of $500.  Each participant also receives two planting containers with flowers and instructions, which must be maintained throughout the contest. 

Campers and/or staff are also required to participate in an educational presentation and orientation by Sullivan Renaissance staff.  All the participants will then be treated to kosher ice cream provided by an approved vendor for all the children involved in helping to maintain the property’s cleanliness.

The contest will begin in June with participants making improvements to their grounds.  Each camp is then observed on a weekly basis by data takers who record what can be seen 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 on August 11.    

The goal of Sullivan Renaissance is to help guide communities to improve their visual standards.

Sullivan Renaissance also offers 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. 

For information about all of Sullivan Renaissance’s seasonal programs, contact Allen Frishman at 845-436-8945 or