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Help us Buy the Historic Patchett House!

In June of 2018 we launched a Capital Campaign to raise money to purchase the Patchett House, which we are currently renting, and to make it our permanent home.

Why We Want to Buy the Building:

Wallkill River School is a nonprofit arts organization that has been in business since 2004, and has occupied the Patchett House in Montgomery since 2008. We are realizing our long-term plan by positioning the organization to last indefinitely and be a resource for new artists and cultural events in our region.

The building is a two-story, historic house with offices upstairs, galleries and classroom downstairs, and a renovated carriage house in back.

If the nonprofit owns the building, it can offset operational costs through rental income. This will allow the school/gallery to afford more competitive staff salaries and to maintain the historic building the way it deserves to be maintained and appreciated.

Our Goal:

Wallkill River School of Art board of directors has resolved to purchase the Patchett House, our long-term home, from Devitt Management by 2020. We are engaging in a capital campaign to raise $250,000 in two years. This amount will be combined with a mortgage for $250,000, plus a tax credit for a $300,000 donation to equal the appraised value of Patchett House, plus the carriage house and connecting yard.

How We Plan to Raise the Funds:

We’ve identified the following sources for contributions and micro fundraisers:

  • Patrons: Patrons from our Patron Board will be asked to host a cocktail party with close friends to pitch support of our capital campaign.
  • Elected Officials: Private meetings will be set with elected officials to discuss capital campaign and request for help identifying funding sources, getting letters of recommendation for grants, and endorsements with key donors.
  • Grassroots Campaign: Local families can purchase a part of the building in a long-term donor relationship (eg: “buy a brick for $20, buy a shutter for $100…buy a room for $5000, buy a roof for $10,000, etc). This campaign will particularly appeal to multi-generational Montgomery families who want to be part of the legacy.
  • Enlist Help: We will enlist the help of community clubs and larger businesses, to help us with larger fundraisers with a goal of raising $10K per event.
  • We are offering 50 paintings for $500 each as a donation to help kick off the capital campaign.

How You Can Help Make a Donation

Host a house party with 6 or more friends that may be interested in donating to the Wallkill River School. WRS will send a representative to do a presentation, or a Sip and Paint instructor to host a painting party and make a pitch to your guests.

  • Host a micro-fundraiser- help us with your own idea for a fundraiser!
  • Join our Capital Campaign committee and help us raise funds for the building.
  • Volunteer to help out with our fundraisers we could always use an extra pair of hands!

Levels of Support:

$1000-your choice of a window or a stair named in your honor with your name engraved on a plaque.

$1500-vestibule door with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$2000-attic door with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$2500-bathroom with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$3000-pocket door in main gallery with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$4000-basement or outhouse with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$5000-fireplace with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor, or a family portrait painted by Wallkill River School founder Shawn Dell Joyce.

$10,000-Hall gallery with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$15,000-Upstairs room with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$20,000-Exterior door with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$25,000-Sunroom with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

$30,000-Gallery with your name engraved on a plaque in your honor.

How to Make a Donation:

Please note that your charitable contribution can be paid out over two or three years, and/or deducted on a monthly basis. Checks can be made out to us at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan as follows: CFOS/Wallkill River School.

Make single or recurring payments through PayPal or with a credit card: Donate Now!

Set up automatic withdrawals from your checking: Wallkill River Art School ACH Debit Authorization

Click here to find out more about the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.