The City of Canandaigua's centennial committee is pleased to announce the formation of an endowment fund that will benefit community projects and activities in Canandaigua for years to come. When the City was formed 100 years ago, many of the residents of Canandaigua put forth donations to fulfill the needs of a growing community. This spirit of philanthropy will be carried on through the Centennial Endowment as the fund provides financial support for cultural, educational, artistic and economic projects that will benefit future communities of Canandaigua.
To this day, projects funded by one of Canandaigua's most notable philanthropists, Mary Clark Thompson are still benefiting the City and its residents. Donors of the Centennial Endowment will carry on her legacy as "founders" of the endowment fund, based on their level of contribution. Contributions are now being accepted, starting at $100 in honor of Canandaigua's 100th year and increasing from there. Names of the donors will be included in the centennial time capsule and contributors at the $1000 level and above will have their names permanently engraved on a plaque at City Hall.
"Canandaigua has flourished over the past 100 years thanks to the support of this community," says Nicole Mahoney, chair of the Canandaigua centennial committee. "The Centennial Endowment will ensure that it will continue to thrive for the next 100 years to come."
A sub-committee has been assembled to lead the fundraising efforts. The volunteer committee is made up of active philanthropists in their own right. Bruce Kennedy, Byron Delavan, Dick McGavern and Tom Sheavly will spearhead the effort. Each has taken on personal projects that have benefited the City of Canandaigua. Most recently, the trio spearheaded the effort to restore the clock on top of City Hall. It is projects like that one that could benefit from the endowment in future years.
Contributions can be made payable to "City of Canandaigua Centennial Endowment" and mailed to Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, 72 S. Main St, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424. Guidelines for distribution of the fund will be overseen by the Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment (FLACE) and used for charitable purposes, including community-related projects and events.
For questions or more information on how to get involved, please contact, Nicole Mahoney, Chair of the Centennial Committee at 585-451-0050.
*About Canandaigua's Centennial Celebration*
On April 28, 1913 the Village of Canandaigua became the City of Canandaigua, and for the last 100 years has developed into a bustling community of historic, leisure and business activity. Join the City in its yearlong commemoration of its past and celebration of its future throughout 2013. Different organizations, businesses and groups have come together to create a full calendar of Centennial events spearheaded by the Centennial Planning Committee.
For more information: View the full year's Calendar of Events, visit the 2013 Centennial Celebration web page on the City of Canandaigua's official website, and like Canandaigua Centennial on Facebook for updates, fun facts, history, photos, contests and more.