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Friends of Lorenzo looking forward to 2013

— The Friends of Lorenzo had a very successful year in 2012 in terms of fundraising, membership and programming and plans to continue the positive trend into 2013. This was the message conveyed to the FOL board of directors at its annual meeting Thursday, March 21, at the Lincklaen House.

“Lorenzo is such a vital, important piece of Cazenovia, and it’s nice to know so many people stand behind us and support what we do,” said FOL President Casey Frazee. “We’re proud to be able to offer programs and support, and we are so grateful to all our members and supporters who make all these possible throughout the year.”

Friends of Lorenzo is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds by supplementing on-going programs, interpreting the site to the public, underwriting restoration projects and acquiring objects for the mansion. The FOL also supports Lorenzo research and publication projects and sponsors social, historical and cultural programs at the mansion.

“Truly this is a community effort. Please know that you are appreciated,” Lorenzo Director Barbara Bartlett told the board. “We depend so much on what you offer us in terms of time, funding, passion and everything. It really makes a difference to us.”

In 2012, the Friends continued their annual program offerings of Casino Night, garden gala, garden tours, movies at Lorenzo, community day in the fall and the Christmas preview party, along with numerous other smaller events and programs. It also supported new initiatives at the site such as providing fake food in the mansion kitchen and dining room to “add life” to those rooms, hiring a groundskeeper to help maintain the grounds beyond the formal gardens (which have been supported for more than 30 years) and a hiring a new schoolmarm for the Rippleton Schoolhouse summer programs.

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