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Save St. Mary's

$98,700 of $1.5M goal

Raised by 125 people in 16 months
Created July 24, 2017
Vinny Tamagna
on behalf of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands
St. Mary's needs your help!!!

Since the 2008 stock market crash, the Episcopal Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands has had no choice but to use our modest endowment principal to pay our many bills (oil, lawn & grounds maintenance, leaking roofs, crumbling walls, etc.) - despite many cuts to our budget. Unfortunately, despite seven years of extraordinary fundraising efforts, the endowment is nearly gone.

With a Christ-like orientation, St. Mary's practices radical hospitality across all divides of race, politics, sexual orientation, faith backgrounds, and life situations. This means that there is a much wider community we serve outside of our Sunday worshippers.

However, St. Mary's is more than just a church, a group of historic buildings, a great lawn --- it is the Heart of the Cold Spring community. It is central to the Spirit of all that makes Cold Spring great. We are steeped in history: Kemble, Butterfield, Haldane, and many other founders of Cold Spring rang the bells to bring the community together; now we must ring them again to preserve the character and environment of our community for residents and tourist alike.

If St. Mary-in-the Highlands closed, the 3 acres of green space in the center of the village along with the historic buildings would be sold. Private development would change the entire character of our quaint Main Street and there would be no more great lawn for sledding, sunning, playing, or learning to ride a bike. No more Girl Scouts' community herb garden, or clothing drop. No more hosting Haldane School dances and events' or AA/Al Anon meetings; or the Grief Support group. No more Culinary Institute classes, or yoga, or Zumba. No more community Fellowship Suppers or special events. No more Shakespeare Festival events or Farmer's Market in town. Our beloved Reform Synagogue would have to leave. The great Veterans' monument would have to be relocated. It would be the end of the Garden of Remembrance for deceased veterans.

Please be as generous as you possibly can be before the iconic red doors of St. Mary-in-the Highlands close for good.
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Thank you for your past support. For those who could not donate because we were experiencing technical difficulties, we are again accepting donations.

We have reached our first milestone and covered operating costs for 2017. Thank you! Thank you! Please continue your generosity as we carry on our long-range goal of a more permanent endowment for St. Mary-in-the-Highlands.
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St. Mary’s is rapidly approaching our short-term goal of $65K, only $850 short of covering this year’s annual budget shortfall.

St. Mary’s has worked to cut costs and has a renewed commitment through the local community to raise enough money to keep St. Mary’s financially sound. Thank you and please be generous with your contributions.
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One quick update:

First off a huge thank you to the John and Tara Flagler for a very successful Carnival!!!

Secondly a very special person has made a $20,000 donation to the GoFundMe today!!! We are immensely grateful.
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Remember the DrugWorld basket winners will be announced at the end of August. Please make sure to stop in and show your support for St. Mary's and all the Chestnut St. businesses that have been so generous. Tickets are on sale through the end of the month for $2.

The first of four Main St baskets will be announced in the beginning of September.
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$98,700 of $1.5M goal

Raised by 125 people in 16 months
Created July 24, 2017
Vinny Tamagna
on behalf of St. Mary's Church in the Highlands
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8 months ago
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11 months ago
$175
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