CCE Schuyler Celebrates 100 years
Schuyler County youth at the fair
Image by Linda Tikofsky
Hawk Meadow Backyard medicine
Cloverbuds underwater
Image by Donna Swarthout
Garden Based Learning; children in a raspberry patch, picking fruit
4-H Animal Science: Angus Glen Farms
Hidden Valley 4-H Camp

Sponsorship for the Centennial Celebration

Dear Friend:

This is a big year here at Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Schuyler County. We are celebrating our 100 th Anniversary!Back in 1917, in response to a growing need to help our agricultural families and to educate our youth, and in keeping with the University Land Grant mission first signed into law by Abraham Lincoln, our predecessors created what we know today as the Cooperative Extension Service of Schuyler County.

For 100 years this organization has served the citizens of Schuyler County.Our impact is far-reaching and substantial.Examples of our prior work include:

  • Conducting agricultural research and educational programs to help farms increase profits, reduce costs and minimize impacts to the environment through organic farming and sustainable land use practices.
  • Promoting and encouraging “buying local”, which helps to support local farms, leads to better nutrition and healthier diets and keeps agricultural jobs in our community.
  • Aiding our wineries through the Finger Lakes Grape Program.
  • Helping people understand how to grow their own food, how to prepare it and how to preserve it for later use.
  • Being a resource for forest owners, land owners, backyard gardeners and small farms throughout the county who have questions on soil testing, pest control, rotational grazing, woodlot management and best practices in agriculture.
  • Providing parenting education services to families struggling with childcare issues
  • Helping our county’s youth build positive life skills through 4-H programs involving STEM, robotics, gardening, photography and other skills and hobbies.
  • Providing quality learning experiences for area youth at our Hidden Valley 4-H summer camp. We are one of the very few CCE Associations that offer a summer camp program.
  • Educating residents on the benefits of clean energy through our Solar Schuyler campaign

We’re very proud of our work here at CCE, as exhibited in our Annual Report for 2016, found on-line at

However, we want to do so much more; for our 4-H program, at our summer camp, in the fields of horticulture and nutrition and in sustainability and youth programming – but we lack the necessary funding to expand into these areas. We do rely on grants from outside sources to carry out many of our programs; however grants are not always available in program areas our county needs and are often insufficient or ineligible to meet basic business operational needs like office supplies and materials, transportation and office space.Other sources of local, state and federal funds have been flat for years and we receive no funding whatsoever from Cornell University, notwithstanding the name of our organization.So we need your help if we are to continue providing valued and quality services to the community this year and into the future.

One avenue we’re hoping will help this year is to leverage the important milestone of our 100th anniversary. We are planning a CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION to raise awareness of who we are, the value we bring to the community and to raise some much needed operating capital. We are looking to employers in the community, our extension partners and the families we serve to sponsor the event and help defray the costs.

The Centennial event will take place at Logan Ridge Estates in Hector, NY on Friday evening, September 29, 2017. It is being catered by a well-regarded chef, Jeremy Personius who will be preparing the meal using locally sourced ingredients. We have engaged the Blind Spots, a popular Rock and Roll band from Ithaca and recently back from a successful west coast tour. They will be playing on the deck that night, weather permitting. It should be an outstanding evening!

I hope that you will consider sponsoring our event. Sponsorship levels are shown below. As an employer and/or community leader in the area, it would be wonderful if you could support the work we do here at Extension and become a sponsor for the event. If you have any questions or needs in considering this request, I hope you will call on us.We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Phil Cherry, Executive Director                                                                 Paul Bursic, Board President


The sponsorship levels are:

PLATINUM $5,000– ten tickets and a reserved table

DIAMOND- $2,500– 6 tickets and a reserved table

GOLD- $1,000- Four tickets to the event

PURPLE- $500– Two tickets to the event

RED- $250 (Individual and Non-profit)

All sponsors will be prominently featured in our program. Platinum sponsors will get the microphone to say a few words to the crowd.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please click the button below. <


Phil Cherry
Executive Director

Last updated July 31, 2017