Capital Campaign Donors

Gorman FoundationCapitalCampaignGormanPicE8.28.13 Gorman Foundation donates $200,000 to OPL building fund Officers of the Gorman Foundation recently joined with Oneida Public Library leaders to announce the foundation’s $200,000 pledge to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign.

Standing on the lot for the passing of the ceremonial check (l. to r. in photo) were Eileen Kinsella, OPL board president; Joanne Larson, chair and treasurer of the Gorman Foundation’s board of trustees; Amanda Larson, the foundation’s president; Dr. Jim Sullivan, Sr., the foundation’s vice president; and OPL director Carolyn Gerakopoulos.

Donald Hicks Dew Foundation


On behalf of the Donald Hicks Dew Foundation, Donald H. Dew recently pledged $60,000 to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign for the construction of a new 18,000 square foot library facility at 456 Elizabeth St. and Main St.

In the photo, Dew (center) passed on a ceremonial check to Eileen Kinsella (.), OPL board president, and OPL director Carolyn Gerakopoulos (l.) on the new library site just off Main St.

Dew, former chairman and chief executive officer of Diemolding Corp., is the principal officer of the Dew Foundation, a private family trust that contributes funding to local educational, social and health organizations.

NBT Bank

NBT Bank donation photo

NBT Bank recently pledged a $75,000 donation to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign, which is raising funds for the building of a new library facility at 456 Elizabeth St. and Main St.

On behalf of NBT, Brad Adams (back row, left) and John Elberson (back row, right), both NBT vice-presidents, presented a ceremonial check on the grounds of the new library to (front row, left to right) capital campaign coordinator Carol Butler, OPL Board President Eileen Kinsella and OPL Director Carolyn Gerakopoulos.

Oneida Savings Bank

Oneida Savings Bank donation photoLate last year, the Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation pledged $150,000 to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign, which is raising funds for the building of a new library facility at 456 Elizabeth St. and Main St.

In the photo, Michael R. Kallet (second from left), chairman of the board and CEO of Oneida Savings, handed a ceremonial check for $150,000 at the new library site to (left to right) OPL Director Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Capital Campaign Coordinator Carol Butler and then OPL Board President Eileen Kinsella.

Chapman Foundation

ChapmandonationFPicC8.05.13-1In a formal award ceremony August 5, the Howard and Bess Chapman Charitable Corporation pledged to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign $200,000 for the construction of a new library facility on the site of the old Oneida High School between Main and Elizabeth streets

The charitable foundation will be giving its name to the new OPL facility’s Activities Room, which will include space for pre-school story telling, crafts and a Maker Station for all ages.

Present at the passing of the ceremonial check were foundation members Dr. Stephen Schneeweiss, John E. Haskell, secretary Peter M. Dunn and president Robert H. Fearon, along with Oneida Public Library Board President Eileen Kinsella and OPL Director Carolyn Gerakopoulos.

The foundation, incorporated about 1991, was created by Oneida businessman Howard Chapman and his wife Bess to benefit the community. The City Municipal Pool and a wing of the Oneida Health Care facility are named in honor of the Chapmans.

Robert and Ada May Fearon

Feron PhotoOn August 4, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Fearon, Jr., topped their earlier donation to the Oneida Public Library Capital Campaign with a second $10,000 check delivered August 4 on the site of the new OPL facility, Main and Elizabeth streets. The Fearons’ total donation of $20,000 will go to the Capital Campaign.

“We were extremely excited when Bob and Ada May Fearon started off our capital campaign last year with a donation of $10,000,” said Eileen Kinsella, OPL board president. “With this additional donation to the campaign, I can’t express how much we appreciate the Fearons’ faith in our new library project. The Fearon family for three generations has been a loyal friend and advocate of the Oneida Library, and today Bob and Ada May Fearon have shown how devoted they are to the future enrichment of everyone in our community.”

Back in the early 1950s, Robert H. Fearon, Sr., president of Oneida Valley National Bank, was president of the Oneida Library Board of Trustees and spearheaded the drive to build a new library facility at 220 Broad St. to serve the City of Oneida.

On hand to receive the check were OLP Board President Eileen Kinsella and OPL Director Carolyn Gerakopoulos.

Capital Campaign Donor Society

The Hand-Barker Society

Commemorating the legacy of Elizabeth Hand Barr, whose donations made the new Oneida Library at 220 Broad Street a reality and who asked that the building be named after her father, Theodore F. Hand, Jr., and her cousin, Nellie Barker.

Howard and Bess Chapman Charitable Corporation
The Gorman Foundation
Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

 The 1879 Circle

Commemorating the Ladies Circulating Library Association, which was formed at the home of Mrs. S. S. Goodwin on Chestnut Street (now Farrier Avenue) in 1878, the first public library established in Oneida.

Donald Hicks Dew Foundation
NBT Bank

The Fearon Foundation

In honor of Robert H. Fearon, who as President of the Oneida Library Board of Trustees spearheaded the New Library Building Fund in 1952 and oversaw the construction of the library at 220 Broad Street, for his energy and zeal in improving the civic life of our community.

Lois A. Brooks Rev. Living Trust
Costello Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Ada May and Robert Fearon, Jr.
Rex and Bambi Niles

The Elizabeth D. Angelino Association

In honor of Betty Angelino, who served as the Oneida Library Director from 1978 to 1992, for her dedication to the Library and the community it serves.

John and Anne Costello
Friends of the Oneida Public Library
The Kinsella/Kidd Families – for the Donald J. Cunningham Memorial
Timothy and Suzanne Hession
Joseph Janes
Shirley Lomery
Oneida Medical Associates, PLLC

456 Elizabeth Street Benefactors

Commemorating the new address of the Oneida Public Library between Elizabeth and Main streets.

Brad and Mary Pat Adams
Margaret and Les Argentine
Stanley Bell
Tim and Elaine Berquist
Carol Butler
Campbell-Dean Funeral Home
Jeffrey Chick
Peter and Marianne Dunn
Peter and Carol Dwyer
Carolyn Gerakopoulos
Martha and Robert Group
Thomas and Sarah Marshall
Dennis and Barbara McDermott
Ed and Sue Miller
Nancy Morrison
Oneida Dental Group
Kevin and Diane Roy
Dennis Sands
Ralph and Joann Stevens
Kristin Stewart
Bruce Stewart

The Patrons’ Club

Patricia Albaugh
Alliance Bank HA
James and Jeri Bacher
Jerry and Cheryl Baker
Glenna and James Carmola
James Chappell
Ed and Cherie DeCastro
Jim and Debbie Dieso
Kenneth and Virginia Drake
Pamela Graves
Robin Hendry
Janet and John Isabelle
The Kenwood Benevolent Association
Tom and Jean Martin
Carmine and Marilyn Mastrolia
Joanne O’Connell
Oneida Rotary Club
John and Carol Reinhardt
Anne Stagnitti
J. Ronald Stratton
Jill Stratton
Peter and Mary Anne Tamburro
Paul and Jill Thomas
Walter and Eleanor Thomas
Jim and Linda Tuggey
Joseph and Carole Valesky
Jack and Jean Wallace
Kathryn Warner
Gloria and Robert Wilkins

Miss Mirick on Main Club

Commemorating Miss Nellie Mirick, Oneida Library’s first Director, who served the community from the library’s inception April 30, 1924, until 1944.

Ethel Abbott
Vincent and Dolores Albanese
Leslie Carpenter Alvarez
Mary Armstrong
Megean Bagarozza
Ellen Beebe
Donna Bonfiglio and Carolyn Matthews
Mackenzie, Meara, Mindi and Mike Bowe
Joseph Brevoort
Herb and Mary Lou Brewer
James and Mary Ann Brod
Abigail Buchanan
Byrne Dairy Inc., Employee Outreach Committee
Susan Campanie
Kathleen and Jon Campbell
Pete and Jill Caroli
Michelle Carpenter
James and Wendy Cary
T. Charles Chambers
Michael Chyrywaty
David Clancy
Rowlinda Copeland
Wayne and Bernice Coston
Carol Cotten
James and Colleen Coulthart
Tim and Lori Crofton
James and Katherine Cronn
Preston Denby
Anthony DeNova
Charles and Ruth Donovan
Jean Eggleston
Joanne Ernenwein
Rebecca Fabiano
Rodney Frarey
Amy Lombardi Friedman
Brian and Jill Gallagher
Kathy Garner
Gia Goonada
Charles and Joan Grover
Mark and Jean Halstead
Chris Hatch
Dave and Martha Haughey
Teresa Hill
Scott and Allison Ingmire
Andrew Johns
Walter and Patricia Johnson
Janet Jones
Douglas and Patricia Kallet
Randall Kennedy
Geoffrey and Dana Kent
Kinny’s Kar Kare Service Center
Suzanne Knight DeBottis
Ralph Kohler
Dawn Krupiarz
Hank Leo
Norma Luce
Richard and Jean MacAlpine
David Marshall
Ann and Charlie Marsland
Steven Martin
Leo and Cheryl Matzke
Richard Midlam
George Miller
Marilyn Moore and Kent Berney
Brad and Kristin Myatt
Tom and Lisa Nemeti
Mary Nixdorf
Oneida Healthcare Auxiliary
Jonathan and Holly Pawlika
Judith Pearson
Walt and Janet Pohley
The Progress Club
Douglas Ready
Ted and Rosemary Reinhardt
Neal and Kelly Rose
Philip and Ellen Rougeux
Joseph and Rebecca Rowbottom
Megan Roy
Aldo and Carol Salati
Barbara Sanderson
Seneca Street School
Theodore Sergi
Bud and Cheri Sheedy
Richard and Bettina Simberg
Robert and Janice Siver
Terry and Kathleen Skinner
Alden Max Smith
Ann Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Smith
Jacklin Starks
Charles and Sylvia Stevens
Sue Turnpenny
Patricia Vacca
David and Julie Valesky
Tina Wayland-Smith and Gregory Perkins
Jeffrey and Lillian White
Wojtek Products
Joe and Cindy Zifchock

Updated May 11, 2014