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Seasonal Communities Can Win Prizes in Beautification Contest

May 14, 2015

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance is challenging seasonal bungalow colonies and summer camps to take part in a six-week long Community Mitzvah Award contest this summer.  Up to ten applicants will be approved for participation.

Three top prizes worth $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will be awarded to the camps or colonies that best improve the look of their facilities and maintain their grounds.  The award is designed to engage summer residents in the countywide beautification efforts. 

The deadline for applying is Friday, May 29.  Applications are available by calling Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 and on line at

Last year saw the top award of $10,000 go to Camp Bnos Ahavas Israel in Liberty for beautifying its facility.  Second place award of $5000 went to Khal Divre Chaim Bungalow Colony in Kauneonga Lake; while third place of $3000 was awarded to American Theological Camp in Kiamesha.  Camp Simcha in Glen Spey received a special $5000 “Award of Excellence” as a role model for all institutions in Sullivan County.  In 2013 there were five participants in the contest, which was won by Skolya Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg. 

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 take part in an educational presentation and orientation by Sullivan Renaissance staff.  Participants are treated to kosher ice cream provided by an approved vendor for the children attending the presentation.

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 10.     

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