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Politicians and performers at CFES dedication

CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton speaks at the College Connection Workshop in the organizations new facility in Essex.

CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton speaks at the College Connection Workshop in the organizations new facility in Essex. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

College For Every Student (CFES) will unveil its new building at 2303 Main Street in Essex, NY, on Friday, May 10th, during a dedication ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m.

Congressman Bill Owens, Senator Betty Little, Former New York Governor George Pataki, and Assemblyman Dan Stec will speak about the national impact of CFES and what the new building means to the local economy.

“While we’re thrilled to have dignitaries with us, one of the evening’s highlights will be words from our former CFES Scholars, young people who have overcome insurmountable challenges to get where they are today,” said CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton.

Following the speakers, the political leaders and CFES Board members will join Dalton for a ribbon cutting.

Attendees will also be treated to a tap-dancing performance by former CFES Scholar Josh Johnson, who has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and the Ellen DeGeneres and Katie Couric shows. Former American Idol contestant Janelle Bechdol will entertain guests during the 6:00 p.m. reception.

College For Every Student moved from Cornwall, Vt., to Essex 16 months ago. In August, CFES acquired the post office building on Main Street and began a total overhaul. The newly renovated structure houses staff offices on the second floor and ground-floor commercial space. The former Essex Theatre, which operated on site until the 1960s, was razed to make room for the CFES Center, where CFES staff will conduct trainings and workshops for educators and students.

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