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Barnes Foundation Newsletter - Spring 2012

Barnes Foundation Newsletter - Spring 2012

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Spring 2012 newsletter from the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, Syracuse, New York.
Spring 2012 newsletter from the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, Syracuse, New York.

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The evening was elegant, fun and full of energy as our Stars and professional dancers shined once more.The couples have practiced since last November and boy did it show.Each dance was more amazing then the one before.Our winners of the evening’s event were
 Julie “Taboulie” Sageer 
 and her professional partner,
Tristan Reimann
, but they had stiff competition from the others.Second place winners were
 Farah Jadran
and her professional part-ner,
 Bill Bliss
and our third winners were
 Dave Moynihan
and his professional partner,
 Donna Natale O’Neil 
.The other competitors were close behind with their moves and music.
 Bob Crowe
 Erain Wilcox
did a Cha-Cha that left everyone clap- ping and
 Joe Nicoletti
 Linda Faccipointe
’s Waltz was as elegantand smooth as glass.
 Lisa Chelenza
Geno Aureli
did a Tango thatmade you feel you were right in the heart of a Spanish nightclub.
 Patti Muller 
 Ron Hanley
knocked their swing dance right out of the ballpark.
 Mary Meyer 
and her partner,
Stephfond Brunson
were ahit as she entered the dance oor in her full length white fur coat tothen transcend into a glittering gold costume.What a night.Two of our rafe winners were friends of the Foundation, PeggyPage, winning the $250 gift card from Skaneateles Jewelers andVickie Crescenzi won the Year of ne dining. Our Grand Prize win-ner, winning the trip to The Horned Dorset, in Rincon, Puerto Ricowas Mona Sageer.
Congratulations one and all.
Fifth Annual 
 Dancing With Our Stars
Our Grand Prize winners of our Fifth Annual Dancing WithOur Stars, Julie “Taboulie” Sageer and Tristan Reimann.
 All of our Stars and Pros at intermission during the event.
 Left to right are: Mary Meyer & Stephfond Brunson, Farah Jadran & Bill Bliss, Erain Wilcox and Bob Crowe, Patti Muller & Ron Hanley, Donna Natale O’Neil & dave Moynihan, Lisa Chelenza & Geno Aureli, Julie Taboulie & Tristan Reimann and Linda Facciponte & Joe Nicoletti.
The Mansion Matters 
The Barnes-Hiscock Mansion - Irreplaceable History since 1853
 News Letter  Spring edition 2012
 Te George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, Inc.
930 James Street | Syracuse, NY 13203 | www.GRBarnes.org
 Seventh Annual Save the Mansion Tour 
Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9, 2012
On Friday evening (6:30 - 8:30 P.M.) there will be
a lecture by Architect Christopher Payne
wine and a hors d’oeuvresreception
following. Mr. Payne will speak about the Architect
 Joseph Lyman Silsbee
, specically regarding his work on theMansion’s diningroom and his impact in Syracuse.The tour of homes in the
Sedgwick Farms
area and a tour of TheMansion will take place on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.A
light lunch
will be served from 11:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Thecost of the lunch will be $15 per person. (Reservations are a must)
$20 pp - GR Barnes members/$25 - non-members.
Saturday’s Tour:
$15 members/$20 non-members.
 Patron tickets
 are available and includes evening reception, tour and lunch.Purchase tickets online at
or call ArleneStewart at
. Tickets for tour may be purchased at thedoor.
Fourth Annual Garden Tour 
Friday July 13, 2012
We will be touring gardens on Friday Evening as a progressiveaffair.
 Munchies and spritzers
at each garden and then
 food &wine
back at the mansion.This progressive evening will be fun and entertaining. Look for more details on the website:
.Tickets: $40 per person or $75 per couple.
Trapper’s Fundraiser 
Wednesday July 18, 2012
 Members Picnic
 Sunday August 26, 2012
Tour de Champagne II 
 Saturday September 22, 2012
Please check out
for details on all our events.
Upcoming Events
The George & Rebecca BarnesFoundation Inc. Pillar Society Members
Karen Howe
Michele Jones Galvin
Vice President 
Cheryl Ward
Robert Brown
Board of Directors
Edwin Clarke, Rocci DeCaro,Michael Discenza, Dr. David Heisig,Charles Roeschlaub, Marge Teillon,Shannon Galster 
Corinthian: ($1000+)
Marilyn & Richard AlberdingDavid Heisig & Donna Mahar Frederick & Karen HoweRobert & Christine Pierce
Doric ($500 - $749)
Aminy AudiDr. William & Katherine Billingham
Tuscan ($250 - $499)
Cynthia ArigoDonna Flook Murray & Ellen Gould Nancy & Guenther SchmidtMargaret & Lawrence SnowmanArlene & Bill Stewart
The Mansion Matters is published byThe George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation, Inc.930 James Street - Syracuse, NY 13203Tel. 422-2445
Seventh Annual Membership Meeting
The Seventh Annual Membership Meeting 
was held onThursday, May 3, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion.
 Karen Howe
presented the accomplishments of the previous year and shared insights into the future plans of the organization.Many thanks to
 Kay Billingham
, rotating off the board after sixyears. Welcome to
 Robert Brown
, new board member and ofcer.Bob will be the new Treasurer.The foundation is making progress toward its goals of restorationand sustainability.
Party at the Mansion – 
 Perk for Pillar Members
In order to remain in compliance with our charter, but still raise additional funds,the Foundation has changed its policy onrenting the mansion for private parties.Pillar members at specic levels will nowhave the privilege of a one-time use of the house for a private party (Other feesmay apply). We have amended our facili-ties contract to show member responsibilities. So if someone asksyou if the mansion is available for a shower or wedding, tell themto join and they can hold their event. Membership dues are taxdeductible. More information can be had by calling
or sending an e-mail to
Forgive us if we are a little behind schedule in publishingour newsletter. We’ve partneredwith a new editor/designer whois bringing a professional look to our formerly in-house pub-lished newsletter (many thanksto
 Arlene Stewart 
). Pleasewelcome
Sandra Jackson
of SbN Studios/Visual Design.Sandra brings a wealth of expe-rience and talent to the BarnesFoundation. She has graciously agreed to do this work for free.Sandra took photos at the Tour de Champagne last September,made a video of the “Meet the Author’s Tea presentations, andnow is designing our newsletter. I hope you like our new look andI hope you will tell others about Sandra’s talents. You can nd her information in the newsletter block and in our sponsor section. It’simportant to patronize our generous sponsors.It’s been a very busy few months. The board has been very activeworking on several projects. The biggest project has been settingup ofces on the third oor to house the Foundation’s les, col-lections and supplies. We now have two fully furnished ofces,complete with computers, printers, software and phones. TheFoundation received a generous anonymous donation to providethe technology needed to carry out our business. Thanks to our generous benefactor and very careful buying (Black Friday wasa big help), we were able to purchase everything we needed. Thefoundation can now do its bookkeeping on premises. We antici- pate an annual savings on bookkeeping expenses.The infamous wireless doorbell is working…again. It’s supposedto be suitable for outdoor use, but the contacts corrode over a short period of time. About every three months we have to take it down,clean it, put new batteries in and re-mount it. It works great whenit’s working. (Look for the bright pink arrows pointing to it)Our grant committee has been hard at work to secure funds to startwork on the serious needs of the building. At the end of March,we completed and submitted an application to
The John Ben Snow Foundation
for monies to help refurbish and restore several origi-nal doors in the mansion and to replace the back kitchen door with a more secure steel door. The main purpose of the grant is tocomplete Phase I of our 
compliance by replacing the mainentrance door with a wooden door more in keeping with the historicarchitecture of the building, but meeting the requirements of 
.This project will improve the energy efciency of all the doors. Itwill also increase safety because we will be adding security con-tacts to all exterior doors. We hope to begin this work in July.As everyone knows the roof of the mansion is in a poor state.
The Grant Committee
has spent many hours talking to architects,contractors and consultants to formulate the best plan movingforward. It is absolutely critical to have a complete set of archi-tectural drawings done before any work is started on the building.These drawings will be the blueprints for all the work to be doneeven though the roof will be the rst project. We can’t get reliablequotes for work until the contractors have bid documents whichare taken from the drawings.
The George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation
has applied for a grant from the
CNY Community Foundation
to help cover the cost of these drawings. Once wehave these drawings, we can solicit bids. And, if we have our tim-ing right, we should be in good condition to put in an applicationthis summer for the
 NYS Ofce of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation EPF grant 
. That would provide the major moniesto x the roof next year. So, we have a plan. It is taking time toexecute it. But stay with us as we continue to inch forward.By the time you read this,
“Dancing with the Stars”
will havehappened: April 14. I hope you were there and enjoyed our FifthAnnual “Dancing”. The Barnes Foundation extends its appreciationand thanks to
 Arlene Stewart 
, who again has chaired this fundraiser for the foundation. This event has raised approximately $100,000in the past four years. Check out the article in the newsletter.Again, I extend the sincere appreciation of the Foundation to the
Syracuse Corinthian Club
members for their help in decorating themansion for every holiday and occasion. The house would look socold and empty without these lovely touches. And, a great number of the Club members have volunteered to help with our fundrais-ers. The Holidays at the Mansion took hundreds of volunteers tomake that a success and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Club members along with our own dedicated volunteers.
The annual George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation Membershipmeeting was May 3rd.
Interested members attended and socialized before and after the meeting.For those of you who are internet savvy, stay tuned. We are work-ing on a new website. It should be out in May.Well, you can see we are busy. We could use more help. If you,or someone you know, is/are interested in helping out on someof our committees, don’t be shy. We are also looking for a fewqualied people to ll in board positions. There are openings for an accountant, a marketing person, a volunteer coordinator and acorresponding secretary, as well as, those with general businessskills and a passion for historic preservation. You can contact meat:
for more information.See you at the mansion,
 Karen Howe
The Mansion Matters 
Spring edition 2012www.GRBarnes.org 
Letter from the President 
New Flag
Last year, due to a generous donation from
Chuck and  Marcy Grundner 
, the ag pole on the front lawn was re- paired and a new ag was put up. The weather has beentough on the ag and it is now showing signs of shredding.Thanks to NYS Senator John DeFrancisco, we are receiv-ing a “new”, 4’ X 6’ ag that actually ew over the capital building.

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