County Board of Legislators Makes Donation to ACAF

Doug Roorbach, executive director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, accepts a donation on the Foundation’s behalf from the Allegany County Board of Legislators’ Chairman Curt Crandall at the board’s meeting.

BELMONT,N.Y.—The Allegany County Board of Legislators recognized the Allegany County Area Foundation at a recent meeting, making a donation to the organization and granting privilege of the floor to Doug Roorbach, executive director of the ACAF.

            Roorbach thanked Curt Crandall, chairman of the board, as well as each of the members for their regular support. “I know that you have been long-time supporters of the Foundation,” he said, “and I want you to know that we do not take that for granted, especially in these difficult economic times.”

            Crandall noted that the legislators raise money for their “flower fund,” from which the donation came, through activities such as their annual clambake, and then donate some of that money for worthy causes in the county. “This is not taxpayer money,” he said, adding that the legislators are especially pleased to support nonprofit organizations whose impact is primarily inAlleganyCounty.

            “This year the Foundation gave over $200,000 in scholarships to 42 ofAlleganyCounty’s students,” Roorbach said, “and granted thousands more to organizations as diverse as Allegany Arc and the Genesee River Wilds Project. We have endowment funds for the SPCA,CubaHospitaland several libraries in the county, too.”

            He told the story of the Bartoo family, who left a $100,000 gift as a legacy to provide for the ongoing needs of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society, in perpetuity. “We hope others in the county will consider how they can leave a legacy for their favorite organizations as well,” he said.

            Roorbach noted that the legislators’ donation would be added to the Bob Christian Fund, a newly begun endowment to honor the work of the Foundation’s first executive director, who retired in the spring.