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Grant Awarded to Enhance the Lives of Senior Citizens and Children

More than $110,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison counties April 16, 2018—Every weekday, 66 year-old Grandpa Ray looks forward to seeing his “grandchildren” at the PEACE, Inc. (PEACE) Head Start Merrick School. Ray once struggled with unemployment and alcoholism after leaving the Navy. He found himself homeless and abandoned by his relatives. Now, he spends his

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$45,000 Infused into Cortland County through New Grant Program

Cortland, NY (April 4, 2018) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded its first-ever Cortland County Bright Ideas grants to nine nonprofit organizations. Each received a $5,000 grant toward a program enhancement. The grants were awarded through the Fenstermacher Fund, which was established at the Community Foundation in 2001 to broadly support causes in Cortland County. Last year, a

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Artist Leaves Estate to Fund Benefiting Local Art Park

February 27, 2018 – When one of Central New York’s most prominent artists passed away last year, her estate named the Central New York Community Foundation the recipient of more than $1.6 million to preserve the local public art space that she considered her brightest accomplishment. Dorothy Riester was 100 years old when she passed away in July. Over the

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Philanthropic Foodies Combines Local Culinary Talent with Charitable Giving

Guests celebrating at the 2017 Philanthropic Foodies event

More than 200 local dining enthusiasts gathered at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo this past July to enjoy the samplings of local chefs at the Sixth Annual Philanthropic Foodies Culinary Showcase. While attendees enjoyed gourmet selections from some of the region’s most talented chefs – along with live music and an enthusiastic auction – more than $50,000 was being raised for

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Bellevue Heights’ New Playground Helps Children Learn through Play

When we watch children playing together on a playground, we see smiling faces, laughter and enjoyment as they climb obstacles, push swings and slide. But what we can’t see as easily is the critical development naturally taking place. “A child’s physical, social, emotional, and language development plays a critical role in his or hers success at school,” said Susan LaFex,

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Local Boxer Brings New Meaning to Heart Health Education and Awareness

Srdan Lukic may have fallen into the sport of boxing by accident, but it was his fighting mentality instilled in him at birth that would ultimately lead him to a bigger mission in life: raising heart health awareness and educating others in the Central New York community. Lukic was born in Bosnia with a congenital heart defect (CHD), transposition of

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