Sunday, May 22, 2011

arts program to be funded by private dollars...library foundation fundraiser tomorrow evening

In these difficult economic times government can’t spend taxpayer dollars to fund every worthwhile initiative. We’re making an effort to try to raise private dollars to fund terrific programs that had been funded by taxpayers in the past so we can keep your taxes as low as possible and continue to have a great town..
Within the next week or so we expect to receive a grant from a private foundation to fund the entire arts & culture program in 2012. Sarah Bracey White has done a fantastic job over the years. She oversees many programs-The Town Hall and municipal buildings have become art galleries. We have children’s art galleries, kids short story programs, writing workshops, art workshops for homeless children, poetry competitions, sculpture programs and much more. In 2012 no taxpayer dollars will be used to fund this program. Details on this substantial grant will be provided shortly. The donor is also going to fund a program for the disabled. Town taxpayers expected to save about $70,000!
Tomorrow evening the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation is holding an important fundraiser—BOOKS & COOKS (Monday, May 23rd from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Greenburgh Library). The fundraiser (donations: $125 per person) will provide guests with an opportunity to meet local authors and purchase their books while sampling food prepared by chefs from local restaurants, inspired by celebated works of literature. X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, Arrosto, Bistro Z, Caffe Azzuri, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Coffee Labs Roasters, The Cookery, 42 at the Ritz Carlton Westchester, Good Life Gourmet; The Great American BBZ Company, Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompanies, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Mughal Palace, Prosper Winery, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, SB & G Grill and The SoNo Baking Company & Café are contributing food for the event. Authors: Benjamin Cheever, Ira Berkowitz, Kate Buford, David Hajdu, Caitlin Kelly, Jenny Rosenstrach, Lee Stringer and Eric Velasquez will be at the event too. For more info about the event call 747 0519.
If you are interested in helping the town reach out to private funders (or you have contacts with philanthropists, non profits that may be interested in supporting town programs) please e mail me at or call me at 914 993 1545 or 438 1343. George Gumina and Winsome Gordon of our Philanthropy department deserve our thanks for obtaining the arts grant.