Partnership Campaign Update
The Partnership Campaign for Rock Point is closing in on the first $500,000 raised – one third of the goal. Over 65 individual donors and a few organizations have generously given the Campaign this momentum and progress. Bishop Ely is active in presenting the case for conserving and enhancing Rock Point, the last largely undeveloped land in Burlington, on Lake Champlain. With the allocation of Funds from the Diocesan Council from the Patterson Bequest for campaign projects at the Bishop Booth Conference Center, the fundraising goal is now $1.5 million. Of the funds given or pledged so far in 2016, close to $49,000 is designated to purchase the solar orchard and $3,500 is earmarked for the Rock Point Camp. The rest is unrestricted, allowing us to start a number of improvements to the Camp, Conference Center, and entry to Rock Point, as well as to support leadership positions to carry out the Land Use, Forestry, and other stewardship plans. The next stage will be to inform and engage civic and environmental leaders in the region who have a stake in making sure Rock Point remains a haven and “sacred space” for the public – for all who use its facilities, programs, gardens, and trails.
As always, if you would like to contribute, learn more about the Campaign, or tour Rock Point to understand why we must pursue the goals shown here, please contact me directly.
Rock Point Legacy Minister
Tel: (802) 863-3431