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[BETHEL] –August 3rd to 7th will be a time for Sullivan County to show it’s best! An outside panel of fourteen judges who have experience with horticulture, planning, zoning, and historic preservation will visit more than 50 Sullivan Renaissance projects and declare winners across different grant categories.
New this year, Golden, Silver and Bronze Feather Awards ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 will be given in the Municipal Partnership program. Judges will also have the opportunity to recognize groups who have focused their efforts in unique ways; such as historic preservation, stewardship, youth engagement, healthy communities and community planning.
Community Beautification projects are judged for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, permanence and an ability to be maintained. Community Mitzvah projects are judged on their beautification efforts and implementation of projects that will enhance the curb appeal of their property. Municipal Partnership contenders will be judged on caring for public spaces, enhancing gateways into their towns and villages, improving code enforcement, and building healthy communities.
SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE AWARDS CEREMONY
The Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, August 8 in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. This event is open to the public to cheer on their fellow community members as they are recognized for their dedication and hard work on this year’s projects. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments and the program begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. The facility is ADA compliant and simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available.
Winners in the Community Beautification competition will receive additional grants between $1000 and $12,000. The Golden Feather Grant of $100,000 will go to one of five Municipal Partnership projects. Judges will also award separate grants for “Showing of Flowers” including awards to communities that received maintenance support. Community Mitzvah Awards of $10,000, $5000 and $3000 will go to the winning seasonal communities.
Young people will be acknowledged for participating in the Sullivan Renaissance Internship Program, and scholarships will be announced by SUNY Sullivan Foundation and the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Members of the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteers Corps and the Bilingual Advisory Committee will be recognized as well.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Fisher Mears Associates, Kristt Company, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation and WSUL/WVOS.
For information, contact 845-295-2445 or www.sullivanrenaissance.org.