Update on the ‘Partnership Campaign for Rock Point’ as of March 22, 2017
By Ellen McCulloch-Lovell | Rock Point Legacy Minister
The Partnership Campaign is still informing, involving, and inviting individuals to participate in the fundraising effort. Counting all pledges, and the allocation of funds from a bequest to campaign purposes by the Diocesan Council, we have raised $822,000, which equals 48 percent of the $1.7 million goal for projects. The success so far is due to the generosity of some 85 individuals, two foundations, and other grants. Only about 15 percent of gifts is restricted, mainly to the Camp and to the Solar Orchard purchase; the rest is unrestricted and is already being put to use to improve the Camp and the Conference Center.
Recently, Bishop Tom Ely’s interview by Lauren-Glenn Davitian on CCTV was aired four times and now can be viewed here.
This summer, the effort will become more visible to the public as we engage more citizens in Chittenden County and also invite Episcopal Church congregations to support their shared heritage at Rock Point.
In the meantime, we continue to hold briefings for neighbors to Rock Point and civic leaders. Bishop Ely has met with State and City elected officials and in April will meet with the trustees of the Elks Club, located to our north, and will speak at the New North End Neighborhood Planning Assembly.
As we continue to identify people who visit, benefit from, and love Rock Point, please let us know of your interest and others who would like to participate in the Partnership Campaign. Meeting the goal will insure that this precious resource will be accessible to the public for retreat, recreation, education, and renewal.
For more news and information on Rock Point, please visit http://rockpointvt.org.