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The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation established within Community Foundation

Michael Ryan Zodda

The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation has been established as a component charitable fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.  The fund was created by Michael’s family and friends to honor and memorialize Michael, who passed away suddenly July 2, 2010, at the age of 25.  “The Foundation will enable us to continue Michael’s spirit of gaining knowledge and helping others.” said Michael’s parents, Robert and Judith Zodda.

Through The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation, a research fellowship will be awarded annually to a Columbia University Medical Student.  The Fellow will exhibit Michael’s talents, ambitions, and drive.  This fellowship is intended to provide mentorship, financial support and an opportunity to advance the fellow’s knowledge in the areas of Cerebral Vascular Diseases, with a special interest in Arteriovenous  Malformation (AVM) and the Lupus Anticoagulant Blood Disorder.  As each year passes, it is the hope of Michael’s family and friends that they will be able to add another “Michael Ryan Zodda Fellow” to a team of doctors seeking to advance the medical treatment and bioengineering for these specific diseases.

The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation is facilitated through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a 501(c)(3) public charity that was created to help individuals, organizations, and businesses establish charitable endowment funds to benefit their community.  To create your own charitable endowment, to make a contribution to this scholarship fund, or to add to an existing named endowment fund, please contact the Community Foundation, Karen VanHouten Minogue, at (845) 769-9393, or e-mail

Upcoming Events

Jewish Family Service “Dine Around” Fundraiser
Oct 18 @ 4:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Jewish Family Service of Orange County invites you to our “Dine Around”

Come join us for an elegant and unusual evening of dining and entertainment.

Enjoy the company of friends as we traverse the Goshen area from home to home for appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Ellen Solomon and Arlene Solomon Roshko will welcome you for appetizers
Various hosts will serve main courses
Joel Finkelstein and Bonna Horovitz will host you for desserts

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015

Time: 4:45 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Minimum donation is $54.00 per person *

RSVP due September 25 (please indicate kashrut or other dietary observance)

Make all checks payable to: Jewish Family Service
Memo: Dine Around

In early October we will send you the address of the home serving appetizers.

Questions? Contact 341-1173 ext. 393 or email

*Donations are tax deductable

The Carly Fund: Friends and Family Night Out @ Newburgh Elks Lodge
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Illuminate Goshen Fall Ball @ Villa Venezia
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm

Come join us for our Fall Ball Illuminate Goshen Fundraising Dinner!

The event will take place at the beautiful and recently expanded Villa Venezia

$75 Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, and top shelf open bar

All proceeds will go towards purchasing lights to illuminate the downtown Village of Goshen and towards the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Sponsorship Opportunities Include

$1000 Platinum Bulb Sponsor
$500 Gold Bulb Sponsor
$250 Silver Bulb Sponsor
$35 Glass Bulb

Tickets can be purchased on our paypal page:

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts!

2015 Annual Reception @ Anthony's Pier 9
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2015 National Philanthropy Day @ Falkirk Estate and Country Club
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

8:30 – 10:30 – Breakfast (Awards and Keynote)

10:30 – 10:45 – Break & Networking

10:45 – 12:15 – Education Sessions #1 (2 simultaneous sessions)

12:15 – 12:30 – Break/Networking/Pick up Brown Bag Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 – Education Sessions #2 (2 simultaneous sessions)