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SARATOGA P L A N INC's Fundraiser:

CLOSED FUNDRAISER: Save the Pitney Farm

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BENEFITING: SARATOGA P L A N INC

THE STORY:

2016 Project Update!

Saratoga PLAN announced today (April 20, 2016) that the nonprofit organization has ceased efforts to acquire the 166-acre Pitney Farm on West Avenue in the City of Saratoga Springs. When the project was announced last spring, the concept for a community farm was shared and enthusiastically endorsed by PLAN, the sellers, the City, the agricultural and educational community, and many residents willing to make donations and volunteer to conserve a cherished place and long-time open space priority.

Over the course of the past year, as details of the partners’ visions for the Community Farm became clear, they diverged, resulting in restrictions that would, in Saratoga PLAN’s estimation, impede a financially viable community farm operation and limit future agricultural options for the farm.  Therefore, in spite of significant investments made by PLAN over the past two years, PLAN has decided that it must exercise its fiduciary responsibility to the organization and its donors by suspending further investment in the project.

“A lack of significant progress in several months regarding restrictions on future uses of the land is what led the Board of Directors to make this difficult decision,” explains PLAN’s Board Chair, John Munter. “Our team has been working tirelessly to bring this project to fruition, but ultimately we need to allocate resources to initiatives that are achievable and aligned with PLAN’s mission and values.”

PLAN remains eager to provide resources and services to ensure that this land remains a working farm. There are outside efforts underway to carry on the community farm idea and to conserve the land for agricultural purposes. PLAN is willing continue to help the owners move forward with selling a conservation easement to the City of Saratoga Springs, which has authorized use of $1.13M from the sale of open space bonds for this purpose. Saratoga PLAN will also continue to focus on strengthening local agriculture through its many other farmland conservation projects currently in the works.

The enthusiastic outpouring of community support for saving this special place for a community farm was remarkable. It was the organization’s most successful fundraising effort to date for land conservation in Saratoga County, with 87% of the $3.1M project cost raised or pledged to date. PLAN is contacting all financial contributors to the project to return or repurpose donations, as per the donors’ wishes.

$2,502,766

MONEY RAISED
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  • Berkshire Hathaway Hom Services, Blake Realtors: Jenny Mirling and Charlie

    $25

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs

    $453

  • Christopher Maylahn and Katherine Scharff

    $100

  • Ellen Downing

    $100

  • Maria Dailey

    $100

  • Beth DellaRocco

    $25

  • Dr. Kim Poli and Dr. Theodoros Laddis

    $100

  • Cathy and Neil Roberts

    $100

  • Barbara Hennig

    $100

  • John Barone

    $100

  • Mark and Betty Cassidy

    $50

  • James Noonan and Anne Marthy-Noonan

    $250

  • Kim and Cathy Franzoni

    $250

  • Bernice B. Godine Family Foundation

    $2,500

  • John Henry

    $50

  • Jennifer Brady-Connor

     

  • Claudia W. Sokoloff

     

  • Jeff and Bart Altamari

     

  • Mathew and Robin Dalton

    $50

  • Lorraine Skibo and Dan Chernoff

    $1,000

  • Behan Planning Associates

    $500

  • Jesse George

    $3,000

  • Alan Justin

    $1,000

  • Goldman Sachs (employee match)

     

  • MarketScience

     

  • Karl and Suzanne Newton

     

  • Robert and Holly Sofarelli

     

  • Robin Amrosino

     

  • Michael and Elizabeth Mulshine

    $50

  • Patrick and Jamie Iorio

    $200

  • SUNY Adirondack Fellowship

    $400

  • Bruce and Carolyn Fellows

    $500

  • John and Catherine Sconzo

    $420

  • Melissa Barnes

    $20

  • Catherine Walbridge-Allen

    $50

  • Martha and Jock Couglan

    $20

  • Paul and Sandy Arnold

    $235

  • Rayna and Sam Caldwell

    $20

  • Kevin Jablonski

    $20

  • Katrina and Richard Edwards

    $30

  • Helen Schwarz-Lawton

    $20

  • Ruth and George Lamb

    $10

  • Wayne and Meredith Judge

    $20

  • Barbara L. Glaser

     

  • Rayna and Sam Caldwell

    $200

  • John and Gail Solomon

    $20

  • Tina Marie Smith

    $20

  • Patrick Ryall

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Amy, Jack, and Jesse Godine

     

  • Jean Marie Crocker

    $100

  • Timothy Pehl and Patricia Mallory

    $100

  • Casey and Kelly Holzworth

    $100

  • Denise Polit

    $250

  • Dianne Breese

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • GE Matching Funds

     

  • Saratoga County Farmland and Open Space Protection Program

     

  • Jay and Alysa Anrold

     

  • Will and Tabitha Orthwein

     

  • Chip Ellms

     

  • Ronald Owen

    $100

  • Catherine Commerford

    $50

  • Sarah Reed-Hauenstein

    $10

  • Richard and Candyce Robenstein

    $100

  • Charles Martin

    $250

  • Cynthia Corbett

     

  • Francoise Thomas

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carolym Malstrom

    $100

  • Beth Sciumeca

    $15

  • Paul Benzon

    $25

  • Kathryn Oppedisano

    $100

  • Thomas and Joanne Klepetar

    $100

  • Julie DiRoma

    $45

  • David Wasser

    $50

  • MARGARET Sweet

    $25

  • Bob Frawley

    $50

  • Michelle Paquette-Deuel

     

  • Bradford R Oswald

    $500

  • Margaret Kinosian

    $100

  • Megan Mulford

    $500

  • Michael and Mary Alice Nyhan

    $100

  • Janice Zurbrugg

    $50

  • Mary Rosenstein

    $35

  • David Darrin

    $500

  • Nancy Roberts and John Schmidt

    $200

  • The Raga Family

     

  • Rich Frank and Katie Kapelli

    $250

  • Robert Vessels

     

  • Heritage Garden Club

    $200

  • Gerard Glowniak

    $100

  • Patrick Ryall

     

  • John Burns

    $50

  • Margaret Kinosian

    $250

  • Karen and Theordore Grauel

    $100

  • Molly and Ron Brindle

    $200

  • Linda Weigel

    $25

  • Hilary Claggett and Robert Little

    $50

  • Jamie Brown

    $25

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Donor Comments

Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown

DONATION: $25

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Hilary Claggett and Robert Little

Hilary Claggett and Robert Little

DONATION: $50

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Linda Weigel

Linda Weigel

DONATION: $25

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Molly and Ron Brindle

Molly and Ron Brindle

DONATION: $200

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Karen and Theordore Grauel

Karen and Theordore Grauel

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Margaret Kinosian

Margaret Kinosian

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

John Burns

John Burns

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Patrick Ryall

Patrick Ryall

2 years ago

Gerard Glowniak

Gerard Glowniak

DONATION: $100

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Heritage Garden Club

Heritage Garden Club

DONATION: $200

2 years ago