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Fulton Block Builders Fundraising Campaign Begins with ‘Firsts’ for 2018

John Sharkey III and John Sharkey IV, owners of Universal Metal Works, pledge the first business donation in support of the 2018 Fulton Block Builders - Block Challenge.

FULTON, NY – The Fundraising Campaign for 2018 has started off with several momentous firsts.

Universal Metal Works launched the first business support for the grassroots revitalization project, Fulton Block Builders (FBB) 2018 campaign.

John Sharkey III and John Sharkey IV, owners of Universal Metal Works, pledge the first business donation in support of the 2018 Fulton Block Builders – Block Challenge.

The Sharkey’s were impressed to learn that there was a quarter of a million dollars invested in 22 distinct blocks and 127 properties in 2017.

John Sharkey III said, “The first year was very inspiring, I am happy to see this kind of excitement in the city and am pleased to support further growth.”

John IV said, “Fulton has many positive attributes for living and doing business, it’s impressive to see a program like this take off in such a strong way and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Legislator James Karasek, representing the 22nd District in the Oswego County Legislature is the first public official to pledge financial support to the FBB 2018 Fundraising Campaign.

Legislator Karasek said; “I represent the 22nd District which includes parts of the City of Fulton and I am impressed with the positive energy FBB is bringing to our residents. I make a point of supporting and sponsoring initiatives that I think are good for my District, so this decision was an easy one for me.”

Linda Eagan, Administrative Director of the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) said; “Legislator Karasek saw the positive potential for this program early last year and donated his entire county raise to the program in 2017 and now has made another strong commitment for 2018. Fulton residents are lucky to have this kind of leadership and backing!”

Dennis and Kellie Merlino make the first community member contribution in support of the 2018 Fulton Block Builder program.

The Merlinos went to the Fulton Block Builder website and made a $10.00 monthly recurring contribution.

Dennis and Kellie were actively involved in the Fulton Block Builder (FBB) inaugural year – 2017, by being Block Leaders as well as Ambassadors but that wasn’t enough, they have been watching the enthusiasm grow in the city and wanted to do even more!

They expressed strong excitement about the Shineman $100,000.00 matching grant and wanted to get FBB off to a great fundraising start.

Dennis said, “Kellie and I are challenging! – community members to help support this growth. So, we are challenging each of you to donate to Fulton Block Builders today.  We used the very simple PayPal link on the Fulton Block Builders web page: Donate!

City residents who would like to participate in the program are encouraged to attend a one-time Community Informational Meeting on Wednesday January 17th at River Vista Conference Center, 810 South 1st Street, Fulton NY at 6:00 PM.

There will be a short presentation on how the program works and plenty of time to get all your questions answered.

IMPORTANT DATES REGARDING 2018 Fulton Block Builders:

  •         Wednesday, January 17,2018 – City Wide Informational will be held at River Vista
  •         Friday, March 16, 2018 – FBB Neighborhood Recruitment Forms (Pre-applications) are due
  •         Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Final applications are due
  •         Monday April 30, 2018 – Deadline to reach the Shineman Match needed to secure $100,000.00
  •         Tuesday May 1, 2018 – FBB grant awardees announced
  •         Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – FBB Kick Off Event for awardees and sponsors

Become a part of this exciting piece of Fulton’s history by donating to the 2018 Campaign today. What’s even more exhilarating is that every dollar you donate is matched 2-to-1 by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.  Remember all donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Block Challenge grants and promotion of the program. There are no paid staff!

FBB donations can be made on the website at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com/donate/

Or by mail, send checks to:

Fulton Block Builders; 125 West Broadway; Fulton New York 13069