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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • 2013 Tyrtle Beach breaks fund record

  • What started as a joke in 1992 has turned into a significant regional event in Steuben County, as well as a critical source of funds for grass-roots youth programs in the central part of the county.

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  • What started as a joke in 1992 has turned into a significant regional event in Steuben County, as well as a critical source of funds for grass-roots youth programs in the central part of the county. As evidence, organizers of the Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund have announced that the 2013 campaign has set two new records, for funds raised and funds allocated, for youth organizations.
    The Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund is a grassroots fundraiser that is sponsored by WVIN Radio, the Steuben County Youth Bureau, and the Chemung Canal Trust Company, to provide funding for youth programs in Central Steuben County. Hammondsport hero Bill Fries jumped into chilly Lake Salubria in Bath on April 26, and hundreds of radio pledges and fund raising events throughout April raised a record $40,818.34 in 2013, all of which will be distributed to youth organizations in the region.
    Organizers are thankful for such a tremendous community response, as the number of organizations requesting funding through the youth fund also reached a record high. “As always, every dollar that comes in to the Tyrtle Beach Youth Fund goes back out to help fund youth programs in our communities,” said Bill Caudill, Coordinator of the Steuben County Youth Bureau. “In total, 84 organizations are targeted to receive support, as approved this week by the Steuben County Youth Board.”
    WVIN radio personality Dave Taylor Smith, who began the Tyrtle Beach fund in 1992 and was the original “jumper,” continues to be amazed at the growth of the initiative. “We were just joking on air, and were thrilled to raise $1,500 the first year! It's 22 years later, we just raised over $40,000, and will surpass over half of a million dollars next year... it's just remarkable.”

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