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What the heck is CACDA?

"We're trying to get people to know who we are and what we do," Clarke said. "We're trying to get the word out."

The problem is, as the go-between with separate entities, they rarely take the credit for all the benefits that would not come to fruition without them.

"We're below the radar," Lucas said. "We don't want recognition. In all we do, we don't take top billing."

But neither is CACDA self-sustaining; they rely on volunteers and donations to operate.

"We are trying to establish a larger fee-for-service revenue stream," Henderson said.

The thing about grant writing, you get one, it makes the next one easier.

"We're just getting started," Henderson said.

In keeping with bringing together people with like purposes, CACDA presents Dual Delights: An Evening of Fine Wine and Food from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Sept. 26 at the home of Jeff and Stephanie Hunt, 3642 Number Nine Rd. in Cazenovia - music by Soda Ash Six with a sneak preview of Jancis Robinson's "Wines Of America," along with special guest, producer Alan Wright. Tickets are $125 per person and reservations must be made by Sept. 15. Proceeds from this event will be used to further CACDA's mission.

Call 655-7651 or email director@cacda.net.

"We're here to make things happen for the betterment of the community," Clark said. "With the Comprehensive Plans, CACDA is going to be a driving force."

Currently CACDA has a grant proposal in the works for the rehabilitation of the CAVAC building. They are working on a farm book, similar to the informational lake book they made. And they have plans to create a volunteer match service on their web site at cacda.net.

"It's important that people know about us," Henderson said. "You'd be surprised at how many people don't know who we are."

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