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Philanthropy Day - July 8, 2011
On June 22, 2011 the County Commissioners made this proclamation:

WHEREAS, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard lies seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts, and

WHEREAS, the Island represents an isolated, separate system as it pertains to public services and public servants, and

WHEREAS, many of the residents and visitors consider the Island a unique and special place because of its historical, cultural and natural attributes, and

WHEREAS, many of the residents must rely on the local services, local governance and local resources to address their needs, and

WHEREAS, the Island is blessed with many individuals who give of their time and expertise to fulfill the needs of the Island, and

WHEREAS, without the generous outpouring of philanthropy, both financial and otherwise, the Island would be a much lesser place, and

WHEREAS, the towns would cease to function without the volunteers who serve on town boards and committees, and

WHEREAS, the regional organizations would cease to function without philanthropy, the support of the local business community and the volunteers to man their boards and run the organizations, and
WHEREAS, many of the public services, both social and recreational, would cease to function without the generous and caring stewardship of our residents, seasonal residents and visitors, and

WHEREAS, the County of Dukes County would like to acknowledge the individuals who give so freely of their time, skills and money to support our community,

NOW, THEREFORE, the County of Dukes County declares July 8, 2011   PHILANTHROPY DAY for Martha’s Vineyard, in recognition of the people whose caring and generosity have made the Island, and keep the Island, a wonderful place to live or visit.

The County of Dukes County PO Box 190, Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508.696.3840    Fax: 508.696.3841
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