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For further information contact: Alexcia WhiteCrow 413.528.8039
December 8, 2005

Photography exhibit showcases Columbia County nonprofits

Great Barrington, MA – The Fund for Columbia County and Our Town Fund, both funds of
the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, have organized an exhibition of photographs
demonstrating the extraordinary work and diversity taking place in the nonprofit
organizations that serve Columbia County. On display through January 26 at the Hudson
Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY, the exhibit, entitled Our Faces, Our Places,
Our Times, features 50 photographs from nonprofits throughout the County that have
received grants from the Fund for Columbia County or Our Town Fund. The Hudson Opera
House is closed December 26 – January 2.

A reception for the exhibit will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by New York City based restaurants The Bubble Lounge, Sortie
and Jubilee as well as Jim and Nancy O’Connor. To attend please RSVP by calling 800-

“Hundreds of nonprofit organizations serve Columbia County, and our goal is to help them
succeed,” explains Lael Locke, chair of the Fund for Columbia County. “It’s that simple and
that complex. Only a very few of these organizations are large, have paid staff, and are well
known throughout the County. The majority are smaller, completely volunteer groups that
are also accomplishing important work, yet they remain almost invisible.

“Since 1999, The Fund for Columbia County has worked to build an endowment that
awards competitive grants to area nonprofits,” Locke continues. “Though the amount of
money we are able to grant is relatively small in dollars, these grants have helped
numerous nonprofits at critical times. We are so pleased to be able to increase the public's
awareness of, appreciation for and support of local nonprofit organizations through this

“As they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words,” added Chas Miller, also a member of the
Fund for Columbia County and a photographer who has two works in the exhibition. “When
we started thinking about how to convey the importance of the Fund while also increasing
awareness of the good work being accomplished by our County’s nonprofits we realized
that photos would provide a great medium to tell the story. The name of the exhibit conveys
the different aspects of how each of us is affected by the work of nonprofits throughout our
County. “Our Faces”, people in the different communities around this county who are

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touched by special programs and organizations in our lives; “Our Places”, those spots that
give us a sense of home, community, history and stability within the context of our lives;
“Our Times”, recognizing the needs within our communities for health care, education,
continuing enrichment, history and so much more that truly can touch our lives.”

The Fund for Columbia County Committee is especially grateful to the Hudson Opera
House for hosting “Our Faces, Our Places, Our Times,” as well as to NancyScans for their
professional work on the exhibit’s photos; to Sally Berg, Chas Miller, III, Wendy Noyes,
Seth Rapport and Olga Rogers for serving on the photography exhibit committee; and to
Tini Pomeranz and Bing Garrido for organizing the up-coming reception.

The Fund for Columbia County and the Our Town Fund are important local resources, built
solely through the generous support of many community members and guided by a
committee of Columbia County residents. The goal is to build a substantial endowment over
time that will sustain a grantmaking program dedicated to supporting Columbia County's
Members of the Fund for Columbia County Committee include:
Lael Locke, Chair, Chatham, NY
Sally Berg, Ancram, NY
Gail Cashen, Ghent, NY
Alice Corbin, Austerlitz, NY
Chas A. Miller III, Lakeville, CT
Jonathan Nichols, Valatie, NY
Wendy Noyes, Chatham, NY
Carmi Rapport, Claverack, NY
Olga Rogers, Hillsdale, NY
Janet Schnitzer, Hudson, NY

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is the community foundation for Columbia
County and the proud steward of the Fund for Columbia County and Our Town Fund.
Berkshire Taconic is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable institution founded in 1987 to
enhance the quality of life in Columbia County, NY; northeast Dutchess County, NY;
Berkshire County, MA; and northwest Litchfield County, CT. It now has $63 million under
management and houses 515 funds established by families, individuals and community
groups to benefit our tri-state area. For more information or to make a donation to the Fund
for Columbia County please contact Berkshire Taconic at 271 Main Street, Suite 3, Great
Barrington, MA, 800-969-2823, or visit

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