Adirondack Foundation aids organizations in Fine, Clifton, Star Lake and Newton Falls
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 6:14 am

Chris Westbrook, president of Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation, presents a grant check from Adirondack Foundation’s Damoth Fund to the local hockey club. The grant will help improve the ice rink with new nets and benches. Photo submitted by Annette Craig.

The Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $15,500 in grants to support community initiatives in Fine, Clifton, Star Lake, and Newton Falls.

This year’s recipients, which were honored at a community event on June 21, include:

• Clifton-Fine Central School Backpack/Food Pantry, to alleviate hunger in kids and families and provide additional opportunities for pickup

• Clifton-Fine Central School Wellness Committee, to complete a project initiated by the student council and supported by other grants to install environmentally friendly water bottle filling stations throughout the school

• Friends of the Clifton-Fine Golf Course, to help the municipal golf course improve its services to the public by building a deck, as envisioned in local economic development and community plans

• Newton Falls Volunteer Fire Department, to replace missing swings in the neighboring playground and make improvements to the fire house for community events

• Little Theater in the Woods, Star Lake, to help establish a theater group for community members of all ages and offer performances in summer and winter.

• Clifton-Fine Youth Hockey, to help with upgrades including new nets and benches for the local rink

• Woodland Cemetery, to help ensure the grounds of five local cemeteries are well cared for.

The source of the funding is the Damoth Fund, established at the foundation in 2012 through a bequest from Robert Damoth, a quiet man with a strong attachment to the Cranberry Lake area.

“Adirondack Foundation is deeply honored to have been entrusted with this perpetual legacy for the Cranberry Lake area,” said Cali Brooks, executive director of Adirondack Foundation. “Mr. Damoth’s generosity demonstrates the power of philanthropy and provides an opportunity for community members to take the lead in directing grants to valued initiatives.”

The Damoth Fund to date has issued $450,000 in grants. The Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation oversees the application process and makes final recommendations.

"The Damoth Fund has become a household name in the towns of Clifton and Fine, signifying hope and a means to carry out dreams of projects that improve the community. Volunteer groups are energized and empowered," said Annette Craig, a member of the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation.