Grant helps Strand keep patrons cool this summer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PLATTSBURGH — A grant from Adirondack Foundation’s Special & Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund will help keep performers and guests cool this summer at the Strand Center for the Arts.

The foundation’s grant to the Strand added to other private gifts raised to make necessary improvements to the air conditioning system.

“The Strand Center for the Arts is extremely grateful for the support from the Adirondack Foundation enabling us to continue fulfilling our mission of uniting the arts with our community,” said Joshua Kretser, the Strand’s executive director. “The funding received has allowed us to make necessary improvements to the air conditioning system in the Strand Center Theatre, which will provide our patrons with a comfortable environment to enjoy performances and events throughout the hot summer months.”

Established in 2011 to steward emergency grants following Tropical Storm Irene, the SUN Fund provides short-term assistance to nonprofits experiencing unforeseen gaps in funding or other exigencies.

“Just like businesses and government, nonprofits try to create responsible budgets that let them maximize their missions,” said Cali Brooks, president & CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “But we also know that even the best planning can be derailed by something unforeseen. The SUN Fund stands ready to provide support when that happens.”

Since 2011, the SUN Fund has helped replace a heating system at a homeless shelter in Malone, purchase a generator for a senior center in Willsboro, and most recently, repairs to the Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club’s Adirondack Camp.

To learn more about grants through Adirondack Foundation’s SUN Fund, contact Program Officer Andrea Grout at (518)523-9904, or visit To find out how you can support the SUN Fund, or other funds at the foundation, contact Janine Scherline at