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October 27, 2016
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Cornell Cooperative Extension $1M campaign benefits the community

LIBERTY, NY — In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) has launched an ambitious Centennial Capital Campaign to raise $1 million toward various special projects and initiatives.

Thousands of letters will be mailed to homes of individuals, businesses and organizations around the county urging them to join the campaign by making a contribution of $100 or more. CCESC has a number of sponsorship levels to which donors can commit direct support for the capital campaign, scholarships and new programming.

Donations will help CCESC continue to deliver programs that enable Sullivan County residents to improve their lives and their communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.

This campaign will turn the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center and grounds into a sustainable environmental education center with new solar and passive energy systems, energy-saving lighting and HVAC, an Entrepreneurial & Teaching (EaT) Kitchen, and managed forest land that incorporates educational components.

Funds raised will support new programs including STEM and environmental programming for families; greenhouse and high tunnel hands-on education; food entrepreneur and value-added trainings; and healthy living, nutrition and obesity prevention.

Sponsors donating $100 or more will receive a benefits package that includes special invitations to campaign events, pins, recognition on a donor wall, listings in CCESC publications and discounts on select classes. Substantial contributions can be pledged and paid out over a number of years.

Tax-deductible gifts can be made online at Checks should be made payable to CCESC Centennial Fund. More information can be obtained by calling 845/292-6180, emailing Nicole Slevin at, or connecting with the campaign on