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Parks Group Donates $25K For Kensico Dam Summer Heritage Festivals

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Friends of Westchester County Parks chairwoman, presents the $25,000 check to Westchester County.
Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, Friends of Westchester County Parks chairwoman, presents the $25,000 check to Westchester County. Photo Credit: Friends of Westchester County Parks

VALHALLA, N.Y. – The Friends of Westchester County Parks has donated $25,000 to support this summer's heritage festivals at the Kensico Dam Plaza.

“Friends of Westchester County Parks is proud to step forward and ensure that these important ethnic celebration festivals remain part of Westchester County’s annual calendar of events,” said Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, chair of the Friends of Westchester County Parks Board of Trustees.

“This gift is another example of how Friends of Parks continues to fulfill its mission to keep our parks and programs green and growing.”

The annual program has been held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla since 1997, drawing thousands of residents each Sunday. Friends of Westchester County Parks presented the $25,000 check Monday morning.

"The various heritage festivals are among our most popular events and are anticipated summertime fare in Westchester,” County Executive Rob Astorino said. “Due to our tight budgets, the programs were in danger of being discontinued. I am very pleased to announce that the Friends of Westchester Parks has stepped up with a generous sponsorship donation. That, along with some funding from the county, means our festivals will go on this year and thousands of residents will get to celebrate and experience a variety of traditions from around the world."

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