NORTH CREEK - Advisors to the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region recently announced they have started their first ever named grant. Associated with the Adirondack Community Trust and named in honor of Woody Widlund, the grant will be awarded to area programs for youth.
"Named grants are a way for a donor, be it an individual or family, to create a lasting legacy in memory of or honoring someone," said ACT member Cali Brooks.
The "Woody Widlund Youth Program Grants" will be an annual award given to organizations dedicated to programs for youths. Widlund's lifelong interest in working with young people began while assisting a Boy Scout troop when he was barely out of scouts himself. Locally, he has continued this interest through working with Johnsburg Central School Earth Club and most recently Johnsburg Youth Commission TREKS program. He fondly remembers a whale watching trip he sponsored to Gloucester, Mass., with Johnsburg Central School students.
"At first I was stunned," said Widlund of his grant announcement. "Then I was honored, humbled and joyous. I have worked with young people for 50 years and the thought that this will go on for the benefit of young people thrills me."
As contributions are added to the grant through CFGMR, the amount available to youth programs in the Gore Mountain region will also grow.
Since 2005, a group of local residents have worked to grow the CFGMR for the purpose of ensuring the Gore Mountain region has charitable resources that will always be available to meet pressing needs and improve the quality of life of area communities.
The income from CFGMR is distributed in the form of grants in such areas as youth and seniors, the arts and humanities, historical preservation and other worthwhile causes serving the towns of Chester, Horicon, Johnsburg, Minerva, and now Schroon. The amount of grant funding available is determined by the income generated by CFGMR's principal. As the fund continues to grow, the size and number of grants will increase.