With the foundation for the fund laid down, several local residents who would form the CFGMR advisory council gathered together with Ellis to foster the ongoing construction of the fund, including Nancy Beaudin, Nan Clarkson, Linda Combs, Joe Kelly, Tom Magee, Helen Miner, Mary Moro, David Moynehan and Elise Widlund.
With substantial contributions from many generous donors, the fund has currently raised $100,000.00 and aims at raising an additional $150,000.000 over the next three years.
The events commenced on an enthusiastic note as attendees mingled and enjoyed a generous spread of appetizers while serenaded by a little live music from Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggen, who also contributed by donating $5.00 to the fund from each CD sold at the event. To begin the awards ceremony, Mike Ellis read the CFGMRs mission statement and gave a brief summary of the achievements and goals of the fund.
Every penny given goes right into an endowment, he announced, We aim to be a powerful force in the community.
Ellis then introduced Cali Brooks who spoke about the role of the ACT, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary and has allowed 170 individuals to establish funds therefore making possible the distribution of $6 million into local communities. She offered praise and a hopeful outlook for the CFGMR.
We are going to ensure strong communities with the help of people like you. she said.
Brooks welcomed CFGMR council members Tom Magee, Nancy Beaudin, Mary Moro and Joe Kelly to the podium to hand out awards.
The first grant recipient of the evening was Brother James Posluszny on behalf of the North Country Ministry. The organization was awarded $1000.00 to renovate a hotel that has been turned into affordable efficiency apartments at the North Country Outreach Center in North Creek.
Secondly, a $500.00 grant was awarded to Patti Sullivan of the Minerva Central School Art Department. This grant will be used to enrich a permanent collection of fine art that is being used as a teaching tool for students and the community.