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Caz award goes to The Key

Civic Appreciation Award goes to The Key

By Willie Kiernan

After consideration of the many nominations, the Cazenovia Republican has selected The Key for the 2007 Civic Appreciation Award. With its first full year on Albany Street, The Key of St. Peter's Church has become not only a viable downtown facility, but a community success story as well.

For more than forty five years this, primarily all-volunteer, organization has quietly gone about its business of caring for the less fortunate by providing affordable, gently-used and sometimes new, clothing and household goods. More than a just a shop offering consigned goods, The Key provides a place for people to gather, conduct business, share stories, and participate in the social and economic fabric of the community.

St. Peter's 2004 investment in Cazenovia's downtown business district provides another illustration of The Key's entrepreneurial spirit. Through its purchase and renovation of 66 Albany St., a bigger, brighter space introduced many more to the mission and philosophy of The Key. The money that is earned is shared by consigners and The Key, with proceeds after expenses, going back into the community. The Key's recent $3,000 donation to CazCares is one of the most recent examples.

Cazenovia College students have noticed and have worked with design professors to create a sustainable fashion line at The Key called 'Look Again'. This project has captured national attention. United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visited The Key last fall on one of her trips through the village. Professors receive frequent calls from other educational institutions wanting to know more about the college's unique collaboration with The Key.

From its creative window displays to its high school scholarship fund and volunteering opportunities, The Key represents important civic ideals. Congratulations to The Key and all the different human components within for being chosen for the 2007 Civic Appreciation Award.

There will be a reception at the Lincklaen House at 5 p.m. Friday Feb. 9 during Winter Festival weekend. The public is welcome to attend for hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

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