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For Immediate Release For more information,
May 20, 2014 contact Max DelSignore, 782-7110

Community Foundation Establishes Gary J. Berry Creativity Award

The Northern New York Community Foundation announces the creation of the Gary J. Berry
Creativity Award. The award will be given each year to a graduating high school senior or non-traditional
student in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County pursuing an education in mechanics, agriculture or
technology. The first recipient of the accolade will be recognized this summer.
“It means a lot to have such a great man be remembered through this scholarship,” the Berry
family said.
The award was established to honor the memory of Gary J. Berry. An Adams resident, Mr. Berry
was the co-owner of Berry Bros. Lumber Company. While very engaged in community activities, he was
also the pastor at Woodville Congregational Church and the chaplain for the Smithville Fire Department.
Applicants with strong involvement or interest in their local fire department are encouraged to
apply, as well as students who are participating in BOCES programs. Recipients will be identified
through the Community Foundation’s scholarship process.
Gary’s three children – Hilary Berry Remington, Jeremy Berry, and Tiffany Klusacek – added,
“We hope that our dad’s creative legacy will be carried on by helping to provide an opportunity for
students to excel.”
The Community Foundation will be accepting tax-deductible contributions for the Gary J. Berry
Creativity Award Fund. Checks can be made payable to the Northern New York Community Foundation,
120 Washington Street, Suite 400, Watertown, New York 13601. Please place “Gary J. Berry Creativity
Award Fund” in the memo line.
The Community Foundation raises, manages, and administers an endowment and collection of
funds for the benefit of the residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The Foundation has
been built and added to from gifts (both while living and through their legacy plans) by individuals and
organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of Northern New York.
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