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[BETHEL] –Sullivan Renaissance communities and volunteers are preparing for the judges to arrive August 2nd through 5th. Eleven judges from outside Sullivan County with experience in horticulture, planning, zoning, and historic preservation will visit close to 50 Sullivan Renaissance projects and declare winners in several grant categories.
Community Beautification projects are evaluated for aesthetic improvement, collaboration, youth involvement, and sustainability. They will receive grants between $1000 and $12,000. Community Mitzvah projects are judged on their beautification efforts and implementation of projects that will enhance the curb appeal of their property. They are awarded grants between $3000 and $10,000. Judges will also award separate grants for “Showing of Flowers” for projects that exhibit the “WOW” factor in beautification and maintenance.
A highlight of this year’s competition is the top prize of a quarter of a million dollars secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for the Municipal Partnership program. Municipal Partnership contenders will be evaluated in three areas: caring for public spaces, improving code enforcement, and building healthy communities.
The Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, August 6 in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. This event is open for the public to celebrate community members as they are recognized for their dedication and hard work. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with light refreshments and music by Somerville. The program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Kosher refreshment options will be available. The facility is ADA accessible.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Bold Gold Media Group, The River Reporter, The Times Herald Record, The Sullivan County Democrat, DVEight, and Thompson Sanitation. For information, contact 845-295-2445 or SullivanRenaissance.org.