Cayuga Community Fund Awards Grants

May 13, 2013 (Auburn, NY) – Eleven Cayuga County-based nonprofit groups received grants totaling $20,334 from the Cayuga Community Fund.

Booker T. Washington Community Center received $2,000 to provide swimming lessons in the Center’s after-school program.

Cayuga Counseling Services received $2,500 to assist in the development of a scheduled intramuscular injection clinic for clients for whom medication adherence is a struggle.

Cayuga County Highland Search & Rescue received $1,000 to purchase safety and rescue equipment used by volunteers.

Champions for Life received $735 to purchase a stove and air conditioning unit in the Brian Bisgrove Home of Courage, one of the respite and retreat homes for children dealing with cancer and other health issues.

E. John Gavras Center received $1,445 to purchase iPad 2 devices for evaluation, assessment and alternative communication to support the Special Education Integrated Preschool program.

Finger Lakes Community Health received $2,724 to support chronic disease self-management and smoking cessation programs.

Frontenac Historical Society & Museum received $2,500 to support a summer enrichment program for students of AJ Smith Elementary School.

Harriet Tubman Boosters Club received $3,000 to support the Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground annual symposium.

SCORE received $1,430 to purchase computer equipment to enhance its record keeping and local communications capabilities.

Seymour Public Library received $2,000 to purchase books, tools and programs that promote environmental awareness and sustainable living.

Westminster Manor received $1,000 to enhance its dining room floor, making it senior-friendly to reduce the danger of resident falls and improve ease of mobility for the elderly.

These grants were made possible through the Cayuga Community Fund, Cayuga Health Association Fund and Dr. Henry Romano Fund for Children.

About the Cayuga Community Fund

The Cayuga Community Fund, created in 2008, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Cayuga County. Grants are awarded from endowment funds annually to aid vital programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. The Cayuga Community Fund has granted $110,319 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

The Leadership Council of the Cayuga Community Fund is chaired by Stephen Zabriskie. Other Council members are Barbara Bowen; Daniel Cuddy, CPA, CFP; Kenneth J. Entenmann; Jill Fandrich; Jack Hardy; Alice Hoatland, CPA; Kenneth G. Knight; Karen Lockwood; Beverly Miller; Michael O’Gorman; Lisa Marsh Ryerson; and Earle Thurston, Esq.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and since its inception has invested more than $100 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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