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LIBERTY – Sullivan Renaissance is sponsoring its fourth Community Mitzvah Award contest this summer. The program is designed to engage summer residents in beautification efforts and encourage them to implement projects that will enhance the curb appeal of their property. The contest is similar to the Sullivan Renaissance beautification competition. Nine seasonal colonies and camps have begun to compete for three top prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.
The nine seasonal communities in the 2016 Community Mitzvah Award beautification contest are:
• American Theological, Kiamesha
• Camp Ahavas Israel, Liberty
• Camp HASC, Parksville
• Camp Silver Lake, Woodridge
• Camp Skolya, South Fallsburg
• Camp Tubby Beth Jacob, Woodbourne
• Community Cottages, Woodridge
• Khal Divrei Chaim, Kauneonga Lake
• Pine Tree, Monticello
Participants are observed weekly for six weeks by a data taker who will record what can be seen from the road. The sites will then be visited by a team of judges from outside of Sullivan County in August. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 8 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
All participating camps and colonies will receive a $500 seed grant and a $500 grant upon completion of the project. Each contestant will also be offered two pre-planted containers with instructions on how to care for them. The containers must be maintained throughout the season.
Campers, staff and residents are also required to take part in an educational program and orientation. Those in attendance will participate in an interactive discussion regarding Halachas (codes) of the Shulchan Aruch (the book of laws) identifying a person’s responsibility to the earth.
Last year the top award went to American Theological in Kiamesha for beautifying its facility. Second place award went to Khal Divrei Chaim Bungalow Colony in Kauneonga Lake; while third place was awarded to Camp Bais Yaakov in Ferndale. Camp Bais Yaakov also received a special $1000 “Showing of Flowers Award” for its beautiful flowers.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.