First Niagara Gives $10K To Westchester Parks Group

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First Niagara Foundation presents Friends of Westchester County Parks with $10,000 to put on fireworks show for the community.
First Niagara Foundation presents Friends of Westchester County Parks with $10,000 to put on fireworks show for the community. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- With Independence Day just a few weeks away, First Niagara Foundation, the not-for-profit charitable foundation funded by First Niagara Bank, announced a community grant of $10,000 to Friends of Westchester County Parks Inc. for the annual Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks on Thursday, July 3, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

“First Niagara Bank is very proud to support this tremendously popular community event in Westchester County for the second year in a row,” said Cathie Schaffer, president of First Niagara's Tri-State Region. “We pride ourselves on being an involved neighbor and good corporate citizen in every community we serve, and by working together in partnership with the Friends of Westchester County Parks and County Executive Rob Astorino, we can continue this important Westchester tradition.”

"Thousands of people come out to enjoy the July 3 Music Fest and Fireworks, one of the county’s best-known and best-loved events," said County Executive Astorino. "With the help of First Niagara Bank, we can celebrate our nation’s birthday with music and fanfare for free once again this year. I am very grateful to our corporate partners who step up to help us provide the community with events like this and to our own Friends of Westchester County Parks for its continued partnership.”

The annual Music Fest and Fireworks is one of the most popular summer events in Westchester. Pre-concert entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks about 9:15 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by the First Niagara table for a gift. Additional support for the event is being provided by Westchester Magazine and radio station 100.7 WHUD.

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Thanks to First Niagara Bank for supporting this beautiful tradition!