Important Announcement from CCPY

Dear CCPY Family and Friends,


Over the last 15 years, CCPY has been fortunate to receive the help, commitment and partnership of so many staff and volunteer members to serve its mission in inspiring and supporting at-risk youth in learning to make positive life choices and becoming successful adults.

CCPY was founded in 1999 by Marijo Franklin and Jeff Bornefeld, in memory of Kevin Franklin, Marijo's son. Kevin was a bright young man, but like many youth, got involved in drugs and dropped out of high school. In 1984, a group of his peers dared him to walk a beam over a power plant, and bowing to the peer pressure, he fell and was electrocuted. In hopes of helping other families avoid similar, avoidable losses, Marijo raised funds and CCPY opened its doors, saving young lives and fostering closer family ties.

As many other nonprofits have experienced, the past several years has resulted in a significant decline in fund development, grant activity and funding from sponsors for CCPY. While genuine efforts were made to fully analyze and understand our financial condition and to make a plan to get CCPY back on track for new awards and funding opportunities, we, unfortunately, found that the loss in revenue was too significant to recover and the challenges of improving on this matter too great.

In this regard, the Board of Directors has met multiple times and spent countless hours over the past few months discussing ways to improve CCPY's financial stability. We regret to report that we have no other choice than to make the very tough decision to close the organization. Currently, CCPY is scheduled to close by August 31, 2014.

Due to these circumstances, CCPY is working to smoothly transition and close out its existing programs, and has cancelled the Wine & Cheese event that was to be held on June 16th. Any donations received for Wine & Cheese will be promptly refunded. Thank you for your understanding.

In addition, it is bittersweet to announce that Jeff Bornefeld has resigned as Executive Director of CCPY effective May 31, 2014. Jeff has been an integral part of CCPY for the last 15 years. His contributions, commitment, and dedication have made a lasting impact with everyone involved with CCPY and its community. It goes without saying that his public service to the adolescents in the program has been invaluable, and his efforts in working with the local government and councils have established a joint mission of helping at-risk youth in high school receive the mentoring and life-skills coaching that is needed to lead a successful life beyond.

CCPY is truly saddened that these actions are necessary but at the same time, very proud of the run that we have had being an integral part of this community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we deeply appreciate the loyalty of all of our unwavering supporters. Thank you for being a part of this journey in making our community a better place to live.

With deepest regard,
Guido Arnout, Board President

guido.arnout@ccpy.org