VCSF holds luau, seeks Big Ideas

To the Editor:

The Voorheesville Community and School Foundation is pleased to announce two exciting upcoming community events:

— Luau Fundraiser: Aloha! VCSF will hold its annual fundraiser at Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery on June 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Come join us for an unforgettable luau-themed party and help raise money to support and enhance the educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities, organizations, and programs benefiting the community and students of Voorheesville and New Scotland.

We are excited to announce that comedian/actor Greg Aidala will host our live auction at the event and there will also be a silent auction. Come dance to the music of the Swinging Palms under the stars and enjoy delicious food and libations. Tickets go on sale May 31 and can be purchased through VCSF website, Don’t miss this fun-filled evening for a great cause!

— The Big Idea Competition! VCSF has been involved in many impactful projects these last few years. We helped build a bridge on the rail trail, fly an Icarus to the edge of the atmosphere, erect community pavilions, and construct a playground. Each of these projects had one common element — community members who had an idea and the drive to bring their projects to life.

VCSF knows the next Big Idea for our community is right around the corner, just waiting to shine! The foundation’s Big Idea Competition seeks projects that will have meaningful and wide-scale impact and serve VCSF’s mission to enhance the educational, cultural, athletic, and organizational opportunities of the students and communities primarily of the Voorheesville Central School District. The goal of the Big Idea Competition is to help fund, assist with fundraising, and mentor deserving projects to completion.

Some Big Ideas may come in small packages, and VCSF also welcomes Little Big Ideas that make a big impact in the community but require a grant of $1,000 or less from VCSF. Applications for these Little Big Ideas that need the support of foundation for fundraising administration and assistance, either in addition to a grant or not, are also encouraged.

Completed applications will be accepted from Sept. 3 through Oct. 1. Finalists will be notified by Nov. 1 and will present their Big Idea to a community panel in mid-November. Big Idea winners will be notified in December and funding will commence in January 2020. Applications for the Big Idea Competition are available at  

Dream big, think big, and plan big and submit an application for your big idea!

Lisa Brown

VCSF Board Member

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