Campaign for Thacher Park Center Offers Last-Minute Holiday Gift Options

VOORHEESVILLE, NY (Dec. 22, 2016)—The Campaign for the Thacher Park Center is offering last-minute holiday gift ideas for those looking to memorialize family celebrations and memories at the popular Capital District park. The fundraising campaign, led by the Open Space Institute (OSI), is offering these holiday gift options in the form of sponsorship of benches, patio pavers or trees.

The gift options, all available through, will be prominently featured in Thacher Park Center’s final design. Proceeds from the sponsorship support OSI’s campaign for the center, which has raised more than $750,000 toward a $1 million goal.

To date, the campaign has sold more than 125 commemorative outdoor brick pavers. The pavers sell for $250 and $500 and allow supporters to leave a permanent inscription at the new building. Upon request, printable certificates are available for gift presentation.

“During this holiday season, we are very grateful to everyone who has given their support to the Campaign for Thacher Park Center and to everyone who will give to help us reach our $1 million goal,” said Erik Kulleseid, Senior Vice President of the Open Space Institute and the Executive Director of the Alliance for New York State Parks. “The success of public-private partnerships depends on the generosity of others and we have been extremely fortunate in this regard.”

The campaign has received donations from TrustCo Bank, Stewart’s Shops, Times Union, M&T Bank, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Hoffman Car Wash, Jiffy Lube and many other generous individuals. More than $25,000 in donations have been received through the sponsorship of patio pavers, stone benches, and trees to be featured at Thacher Park Center.

This week, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation joined the list of contributors, donating $25,000 towards the completion of Thacher Park Center.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and OSI announced plans for the new Thacher Park Center in June 2015. The center, a signature project in the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 Plan to revitalize and transform the state park system, is being funded through a combination of OSI’s private fundraising campaign and public funds.

“OSI is grateful to play a role in contributing to the success of Thacher Park Center,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. “Thacher Park is deeply rooted in generations of families, researchers and preservationists. In leading the private fundraising effort to support the new Thacher Park Center, OSI renews its commitment to Thacher Park and we are confident that area residents will do the same and support the new Thacher Park Center.”

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