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Winners Announced During Community Foundation Awards Breakfast


This year’s winners of Philanthropy Day were announced Friday by the Cortland Community Foundation during their annual awards breakfast.

“We try to do this kinda quietly, but the giving part of this community is amazing. I don’t think there is any community that raises money like we do here and it’s not because of what we do, it’s what the people in the community think of these not-for-profit organizations.” Said President of the Community Foundation, Tom Gallagher as he reflected on the organizations impact to X101 News.

Altogether, Philanthropy Day managed to raise almost $390,000 for a wide range of non-profit organizations. Winners were split into two categories, most money raised and most contributions. The CNY Living History Center received the highest contributions with 134 donors. CNY Executive Director Cindy Stoker expresses her appreciation for the support and explains to X101 News where the money will go.

“This is a tremendous benefit to some of the projects that we want to do within the museum, whether it be helping restore the barn, completing the carport renovation that we want to do, and yes, some of it is general operating funds.” CNY Executive Director Cindy Stoker stated.

Meanwhile, the Cortland YWCA raised the most money with over $93,000.

YWCA Executive Director Kelly Tobin said in a statement, “On behalf of everyone at the YWCA, we are so grateful for the overwhelming support of the community. Thank you to the Cortland Community Foundation for all their support and to our amazing donors who make our work possible.”

Award winners were split into categories based on the most money raised and the most contributions. The totals for each can be found below. 

Most Money Raised:                                          Most Contributions:

  1. Cortland YWCA, $93,542                            1. CNY Living History Center, 124 donations
  2. Cortland Historical Society, $33,395          2. United Presbyterian Church, 51 donations
  3. Lime Hollow Nature Center, $24,710         3. Center 4 The Arts, 37 donations
  4. Cortland YMCA, $22,920                            4. CRT, Cortland Library, 36 donations each

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