IMAGE Oneida Nation Foundation and the Friends of the Central Library

(L-R) Edward Kochian, President, Friends of the Central Library; Chuck Fougnier, Wolf Clan Member of the Oneida Nation Council and Chairman of the Oneida Nation Foundation; Denise Headd, Executive Director, Friends of the Central Library; Kandice Watson, (Wolf Clan) Oneida Nation Education and Cultural Relations Director and Board Member, Friends of the Central Library.

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Oneida Nation Presents $5,000 to Friends of the Central Library

Funding to Advance Programming and Literacy Efforts in CNY

Wolf Clan member of the Oneida Nation Council and Chairman of the Oneida Nation Foundation, Chuck Fougnier, presented a $5,000 check to the Friends of the Central Library (FOCL). The FOCL is dedicated to the goal of raising funds to support the Libraries of Central New York, and through them, advancing literacy in our communities.

Funds from FOCL also help support adult and children's programming, including the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, which has brought more than 100 world-famous authors to Central New York, including Native American authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich.

Fougnier said, “The Oneida Nation is proud to have a wonderful relationship with the Friends of the Central Library, and we are happy to help support their efforts to provide excellent services and programs to our local libraries.”

Edward Kochian, President of FOCL said, “The generosity of the Oneida Indian Nation helps keep our programs alive and prosperous. These donations help us continue to bring the very best authors, including Native American writers, to our Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series. In tough economic times, when public funding is not plentiful, support for our libraries is critical to provide the tools and resources needed by job seekers and the community as a whole.”

FOCL leaders said they’re passionate about maintaining the health of local libraries, one of the few resources available for people to improve themselves, regardless of their financial situation. The group is also dedicated to fostering in children natural curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a love of education and learning.

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