Friends of Lorenzo look to successful 2014

Organization holds annual meeting, announces July Symphoria concert at Lorenzo

— The Friends of Lorenzo had a good year in 2013 and are looking ahead to 2014, particularly to the return of the Syracuse Symphony — now called Symphoria — and its free summer concert on the lawn of Lorenzo this July, it was announced at the Friends of Lorenzo annual meeting on March 18.

The Friends, created in 1975, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the ongoing preservation of Lorenzo State Historic Site. Through membership support and a variety of fundraising activities, the Friends each year sponsor numerous educational and special events both on-site and in conjunction with other area organizations.

About 60 people attended the March 18 meeting at the Lincklaen House, during which year-end organization updates were given and anticipated events and opportunities for 2014 were announced.

Treasurer Susan Hodge said FOL signature events each year — the garden gala, garden tea, Rippleton Schoolhouse summer camp and Christmas at Lorenzo — all were well attended and highly successful in 2013, bringing in more revenues than expenses. Budgetarily, however, the Friends suffered a net loss of nearly $11,000 last year, but that was a “planned loss” as the organization works to “better align our resources to operate as a non-profit,” Hodge said.

Friends membership numbers are holding steady, with a slight increase to date, said Kate Schwartz of the membership committee. The committee is currently working on ways to attract more and new members to the organization, she said.

Both Schwartz and Hodge said they were excited by the newly created Friends technology committee, which they see as having potential positive impacts in both of their particular areas, such as the creation of online payment options for new Friends members or donors, and the improvement of the Friends’ social media presence to increase awareness of the organization and possible membership.

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