Foundation Distributes $35K for Children

Money from sale of weather calendar

The H.O.P.E. for Youth Foundation, which over the past 31 years has distributed nearly $3.2 million to charity, has so far this year approved grants totaling $35,000 to seven organizations that offer programs to children and teens in Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester counties.

Founded in 1986 by Gary B. Pease and Jim Witt, the foundation raises money through the sale of the Hudson Valley Long-Range Forecast Calendar and other fundraisers. Last year it raised $130,000.

The 2017 long-range weather calendar

The 2017 long-range weather calendar

To date in 2016, the foundation has presented grants to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gilda’s Club, The Friends Network, Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, Careers for People with Disabilities, the Putnam Valley Central School District and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The weather calendar can be purchased at or at retailers such as C&E Hardware and Foodtown in Cold Spring, the Red Line Diner in Fishkill and Viscount Wines & Liquors in Wappingers Falls.

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