The Roland Christy, Sr. Memorial Fund that was established in December 2013 as a scholarship fund to benefit a graduate of Town of Webb School pursuing higher education, is well on its way to reaching its $25,000 goal.
Brad Damon, co-creator of the fund and a friend of the late, local golfing icon, said the fund has grown to $15,540 to date and has set a target date of July 31 to raise the remainder of the funds.
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 two- or four-year degree or trade school certificate who best exemplifies Christy’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 $25,000—or more—will enable the fund to award at least a $1,000 scholarship per year, as earnings allow.
Damon and fellow committee members Steve Young, Penny Stuart and Tim White have placed flyers with donation information and collection boxes for checks at the Inlet and Thendara Golf Clubs. 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 or dropped in the collection boxes. 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.
“Thanks to the generosity of everyone kind enough to make a contribution, we are well on the road to success in reaching our goal. The scholarship will assure to keep Roland’s name alive indefinitely while assisting young people with their education,” Damon said.
More information is available by calling Damon at (585) 223-3558.
Christy, 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.