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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friends of the Sterling Nature Center Awarded a $10,000 Grant from Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

STERLING, NY – Friends of the Sterling Nature Center proudly announce receiving a $10,000 grant from the Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. This grant, dedicated to furnishing the new interpretive center at the Sterling Nature Center, represents a continued legacy of community support for outdoor recreation, conservation, and education.

Scheduled for completion in November 2023, the interpretive center has been constructed with funds from the REDI grant of New York State. It will serve as a space to connect visitors with nature, aligning with the values that Dr. Robert J. Vitkus passionately upheld throughout his life.

About the Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Fund and the Central New York Community Foundation

Dr. Bob Vitkus was a successful oral surgeon, avid hunter, and fly fisherman who loved the outdoors. His community service included being a past Onondaga County Dental Society president and memberships in various outdoor and conservation organizations. A devoted uncle, friend, and community member, Dr. Vitkus left a legacy through his will, with the Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Fund supporting projects aligned with his passions.

Jim D'Angelo, Director of the Sterling Nature Center, expressed his gratitude and vision for the grant: INSERT QUOTE HERE –  'This generous grant from the Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Fund not only honors the legacy of Dr. Vitkus but empowers our continued mission to inspire and educate our community about the beauty and importance of our natural environment.

The Central New York Community Foundation, established in 1927, turns community dollars into community change. They have invested more than $270 million in community projects that benefit Central New York and serve as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of strategic initiatives fostering a thriving and equitable region. Visit cnycf.org to learn more.

About Friends of the Sterling Nature Center

Friends of the Sterling Nature Center is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving, understanding, and appreciating the natural environment. They engage the public in environmental stewardship and awareness through various educational programs, events, and community partnerships.

 

The community is warmly invited to stay tuned for updates and to join in the grand opening celebration later this year.

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