A group of local friends of the late Roland Christy, Sr. have recently established The Roland D. Christy, Sr. Memorial Fund, a scholarship fund that will benefit a Town of Webb School graduate pursuing higher education.
Administered by The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., the annual scholarship, which will begin in 2015, will be presented to a student pursuing a four- or two-year degree or trade school certificate who best exemplifies Roland’s characteristics and shows financial need.
The fund will be endowed so only the income from the fund will be paid out. Therefore, the fund will live forever.
The organizing committee, Steve Young of Eagle Bay, Penny Stuart and Brad Damon of Inlet, and Tim White of Old Forge, have set a fund raising goal of $25,000 or more which would enable the fund to award at least a $1,000 scholarship per year, as earnings allow. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and tax-deductible.
Checks can be made payable to The Community Foundation, referencing the Roland Christy, Sr. Fund. Donations can be sent directly to: The Community Foundation, 1222 State Street, Utica, NY 13502. Contributions must include the name and address of the donor to receive an acknowledgement for taxes.
Gifts can also be made by calling The Community Foundation at (315) 735-8212 or online at www.foundationhoc.org. Online donations should also be designated as a tribute in Roland’s memory.
According to Damon, The Fund will accept donations forever, with current gifts and future bequests assuring its growth.
“Your generosity will make this a very successful memorial to Roland,” Damon said.
“In the words of his older brother, Phil Christy, ‘To know him was to love him.’ Let’s keep Roland’s name and what he stood for alive in our community forever, and at the same time assist young people with their education.”
More information is available by calling Damon at (585) 223-3558.
Roland, an Old Forge native and retired educator, passed away on April 24, 2013. An expert in the game of golf, his passion began at an early age as a caddy at Thendara Golf Club. His affiliation with the Inlet Golf Club spanned 50-plus years, serving as club pro until his final season in 2012 at the age of 89.