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HGAR 'Garage Sales'  Raise Almost $8,000 for Make-A-Wish

 Hudson Valley


Twenty-two real estate agencies of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®(HGAR) recently raised $7,949.50 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley by holding Garage Sales throughout Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties.


Realtors donated items from their homes to sell to the public, and all monies raised went directly to the Tarrytown-based charity that serves the lower Hudson Valley area.


'We are deeply grateful to the agencies of HGAR who participated in the Garage Sales.  Their hard work and generosity will make it possible for us to grant a child's one true heartfelt wish,' said Tom Conklin, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley CEO.


The following real estate agencies participated in the Make-A-Wish Garage Sale:


Orange County


RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group       Central Valley

John J. Lease Realtors                        Newburgh

Monroe Realty Center                         Monroe



Rockland County


Area Pro Realty of Rockland                Stony Point

Century 21 Full Services                    New City

IBNA Spoon River R.E.                        Stony Point

R2M Realty Inc.                                  Tappan

Wright Bros. Real Estate Inc.              Nyack


Westchester County


Café Realty                                        Katonah

Century 21 Schneider Realty              White Plains

Coldwell Banker Residential                Briarcliff Manor and Somers

Douglass Elliman Real Estate              Armonk and Katonah

ERA Insite Realty                                White Plains

Houlihan Lawrence                             Katonah

Hudson Homes Sotheby's Int. Realty  Tarrytown

Keller Williams Realty Partners            Yorktown Heights

Prudential River Towns Real Estate     Croton-on-Hudson

Shirley Moore Realty Group, Inc.         Mount Vernon

William Raveis Real Estate                  Katonah and Rye


Since 1986, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley has granted more than 2,200 wishes to Hudson Valley children with life-threatening medical conditions.  Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley serves eight counties:  Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.  The organization is currently working on 170 wishes with the average cost of a wish ranging from $7,500 to $10,000.

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade association covering over 9,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties.   HGAR is comprised of the former Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS® (WPAR), Rockland County Board of REALTORS® (RCBR) and Orange County Association of REALTORS® (OCAR). 

Friends of Saint Dominic's Claims $352,695 Purse at 22nd Annual Golf Tourney Fund-raiser

Pictured above are (L - R):  22nd Anniversary Golf Tourney Committee members Jon Lewis, Judy Kydon, Executive Director, Saint Dominic's Home; Sister Margaret Flood, President, Friends of Saint Dominic's; Carlo Valente, Principal, Jonathan Metal & Glass; Richard J. Warren, Esq., Principal, Warren & Warren P.C.; Tourney Vice Chair John T. White Jr., SVP, Structure Tone, Inc.; David T. Meberg, President and CEO, Consolidated Carpet; Tourney Chairman Ronald J. Sylvestri, SVP/Regional Manager, Hudson Valley Bank, and Robert Nardella, Sr. Managing Director - Valuation & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Area golfers -197 strong, and businesses and supporters of Friends of Saint Dominic's -raised $352,695 at the nonprofits' 22nd Annual Golf Tourney on August 4 at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J. 

The funds raised in the Annual Golf Tourney are used to help Blauvelt-based nonprofit Saint Dominic's Home provide human services and programs to nearly 1,800 individuals, many of whom are children, and families of all backgrounds that are developmentally disabled, socially disadvantaged and, or, vocationally challenged in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.


Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan awards Over $177,00 in Scholarships for 2014

2014 Scholarship Recipients(partial grouping) with Karen VanHouten Minogue, President and CEO, and Derrik R. Wynkoop, Chairman of the Community Foundation Board of Directors and President and CEO of Walden Savings Bank. 

The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan has awarded over $177,000 in scholarships and awards to students in 25 school districts throughout the region. Eighty nine students received scholarships, all made possible through the generous donors who have established charitable funds within the Community Foundation. A scholarship reception for 140 guests took place at the offices of the Community Foundation on July 30.

Some of the newest funds under the administration of the Community Foundation that made inaugural scholarships this year are:

The Charlene Klieverik Scholarship Fund. This Fund awarded three $750 scholarships to graduates Sam DenDanto, Jason Grossman, and Clare Maloney. Charlene played a major role in establishing The Goshen Science Olympiad Organization and a scholarship fund to provide scholarships to graduating Goshen High School students who have participated in Science Olympiad and are continuing their education. In 2004 the Goshen Science Olympiad Organization renamed the scholarship fund in her memory. Charlene's dedication for her work as a teaching assistant at the Goshen Middle School and her tireless efforts on behalf of the Goshen Science Olympiad teams will be celebrated and remembered through this scholarship fund.

The Skoda Family Scholarship Fund at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County. This Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Tri-Valley Central School District graduate Jaclyn Kimmes. This fund gives priority to, and awards annual scholarships to students who are residents of Sullivan County and are registered to attend Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA, with a preference to students majoring in Agriculture.

Sheila Birkett Gift of Life Scholarship Fund. This Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Eldred Central School District graduate Christian D'Angelo. This Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors of the Eldred Central School District who plan to continue their education in a medical field. This fund was established by Joshua Glantz, a Social Studies teacher at Eldred High School, in honor of Sheila Birkett, who donated her kidney to Joshua.

The Richard G. McCoy Foundation. This Fund awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Monroe-Woodbury High School graduates Timothy Scully and Emily Thatcher and two $1,000 scholarships to North Rockland High School graduates Nicholas Imperato and Katherine Landes. This fund was established by his family and friends to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Richard G. McCoy, who passedaway unexpectedly on April 26, 2012. This Fund celebrates those students who have given back to their community through volunteering and community service.


1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify

The Internal Revenue Service introduced a new, shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily.

"This is a common-sense approach that will help reduce lengthy processing delays for small tax-exempt groups and ultimately larger organizations as well," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The change cuts paperwork for these charitable groups and speeds application processing so they can focus on their important work."

The new Form 1023-EZ, available on, is three pages long, compared with the standard 26-page Form 1023. Most small organizations, including as many as 70 percent of all applicants, qualify to use the new streamlined form. Most organizations with gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible.

"Previously, all of these groups went through the same lengthy application process -- regardless of size," Koskinen said. "It didn't matter if you were a small soccer or gardening club or a major research organization. This process created needlessly long delays for groups, which didn't help the groups, the taxpaying public or the IRS."

The change will allow the IRS to speed the approval process for smaller groups and free up resources to review applications from larger, more complex organizations while reducing the application backlog. Currently, the IRS has more than 60,000 501(c)(3) applications in its backlog, with many of them pending for nine months.

Following feedback this spring from the tax community and those working with charitable groups, the IRS refined the 1023-EZ proposal for the announcement, including revising the $50,000 gross receipts threshold down from an earlier figure of $200,000.

"We believe that many small organizations will be able to complete this form without creating major compliance risks," Koskinen said. "Rather than using large amounts of IRS resources up front reviewing complex applications during a lengthy process, we believe the streamlined form will allow us to devote more compliance activity on the back end to ensure groups are actually doing the charitable work they apply to do."

The new EZ form must be filed online. The instructions include an eligibility checklist that organizations must complete before filing the form.

The Form 1023-EZ must be filed using, and a $400 user fee is due at the time the form is submitted. Further details on the new Form 1023-EZ application process can be found in Revenue Procedure 2014-40, posted today on

There are more than a million 501(c)(3) organizations recognized by the IRS.

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