continued Businesses in town cut the program a deal on food to help support the events. Reidinger said Pete's Ahh and Café Sarah have been especially generous.
The program is driven by grant procurement, said Reidinger. Wes Dingman is a board of trustees member with the Tannery Pond Community Center Association. The Association formed in 2001 to make the center a cultural, educational, recreational and social center for the region. He helps support the program with grant applications, a job he said isn't too hard.
“One, it's all volunteers. Two, it's free to teens from throughout the area,” said Dingman.
The youth come from Chestertown and Indian Lake — sometimes as far away as Warrensburg. These features make it a good target for grant funding from organizations including reliable dollars from the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack foundation. He's also seen Community Bank and the Rivendell Foundation chip in occasionally.
Dingman mentioned that since the town began charging for use of the expensive-to-maintain Tannery Pond center, the TPCCA has offered small grants to cover the usage cost for non-profits that would like to use the facility, another cost-saving measure available to such programs.
“It's a wonderful program,” said Dingman, one that provides an alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free environment. “But it requires a lot of volunteers.”
Trena Reidinger can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 251-3263.