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New - Central Valley Central School District Foundation

The former Ilion Central School District Foundation is now the new Central Valley Central School District Foundation. This name change is due to the recent merger of the Ilion and Mohawk Central School Districts which is now Central Valley Central School District. The Foundation has an official web site Central Valley CSD Foundation and Facebook Page. The Ilion Central School District Foundation, which was founded in 1994, is now continuing on the good works for the district as the Central Valley Central School District Foundation. (une 27, 2021)

April 2013 Foundation Daily Drawing Fundraiser....

Visit the Official Foundation web site at for the latest news on upcoming events, membership, contacting, etc. at Central Valley CSD Foundation. (June 27, 2021)

Commmorative Brick Paver Fundraising Project ....

As an ongoing fund raiser for the Ilion Central School District Foundation, the Foundation once sold engraved bricks for placement near the main entrance of the Ilion High School. With an engraved brick, donors paid tribute to a family members, left a message for future generations or simply included a name among those who supported our school district. The Ilion CSD Foundation reserved the right to approve or disapprove the message content on all brick orders.

The $60.00 brick was 4" x 8" and consisted of 1,2 or 3 lines of text. All lines were limited to 14 characters per each line including spaces. A cross or Maltese cross could have been optionally added if desired on memorial messages.

Engraved Brick Patio Architectural Rendering

Foundation History ....

The Ilion Central School District Foundation began in March of 1995. The corner stone for the Foundation was to help provide the students of Ilion the best educational experience possible. The Foundation now sets its sights to the future; a future that becomes energized with the excitement generated by the growing body of donors, contributing to an organization founded with such a noteworthy purpose.

Already, many people with a commitment to education, a sincere tie to Ilion, and a devotion to creating opportunities for our students have given generously in time, talent and financial support. To date, the foundation is happy to report the funding of many educational projects, in addition to establishing several scholarships.

The efforts of the Foundation will continue to provide more educational opportunities, for the benefit of the students, today and tomorrow. It is the suggestions and requests from the school staff, for programs or projects, from which the foundation grants the funding. To those in the community, if you have a suggestion for an educational opportunity, or if you or someone you know wish to be a contributor, contact any one of the board members, to help it become a reality.


Robert E. Jones Jr., age 53, of 29 Massachusetts Ave., passed away Sunday, March 28, 2004, with his loving familyby his side. Bob was born Nov. 14, 1950, in Little Falls, the son of Robert and Helen Grescheck Jones. He graduated from Little Falls in 1968, andearned his bachelor's degree in Marketing from Siena College in 1972. On June 15, 1974, he was united in marriage with Patricia Kazor in Utica. Prior to his retirement, Bob was manager and assistant vice president of HSBC at the Ilion branch. He had been employed with HSBC for over 25 years. Mr. Jones was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. He was also a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, the Ilion Community Club and the Ilion Kiwanis Club. Bob also was very active with the Ilion schools, serving as president of the Marion Brill Scholarship Foundation, president of the Ilion Foundation of the Ilion school district, founder of the Ilion Athletics schedule poster project and had been the primary person responsible for raising over $28,000 in the last four years for the purpose of buying uniforms for the Ilion athletic teams. He also kept the scorebook for the varsity boys basketball team for many years. His love of sports was evident, especially when Notre Dame University and Siena were involved. Bob was a member of the Siena Coaches Club, the Albany Chapter of the Siena College Alumni Association and the Notre Dame Club of the Mohawk Valley. Bob had also served as treasurer for CYO while his sons were involved and also coached several of the youth teams they played for. He was a member of the planning board for Ilion's Summer Fest and most recently served as a trustee of Herkimer County Community College. Bob also enjoyed spending time at his summer home at Caroga Lake with his family. Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Kevin and Gregory and a special friend Sara DeRosa; his father, Robert Sr. of Little Falls; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann Marie and Jeffery Starring of Van Hornesville; a brother, Richard of Whitesboro; his father and mother-in-law, Chester and Bertha Kazor of New Hartford; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Arlene and John Cahill of Guilderland and Christine andMichael Dubiel of Utica; nine nieces and nephews, David Jones, Jacqueline Fairbrother, Mary Starring, Bobbi Starring, Andrew Starring,Patrick Cahill, Aaron Cahill, Jennifer Dwyer and Matthew Dwyer; also one great-nephew, Eric Jones. He was predeceased by his mother and a sister, Cynthia Jones. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street in Ilion with the Rev. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, March 30, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, from 4-8 p.m. In keeping with Bob's wishes, friends are asked to omit flowers and consider memorials to the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the MohawkValley Scholarship Fund, c/o Paul Heintz, 50 Chenango Ave., Clinton 13323 or Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 4277 Middle SettlementRoad, New Hartford 13413. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for convenience. Bob's family wishes to thank his hospice nurses, Sue, Joan, Janice, Judy and Violet for all their kindness and compassion and also wouldlike to thank the Ilion High School staff and students for their participation in the blood drive supporting Bob. (April 3, 2004)

Sample Scholarships Administered by The Foundation ....

Maura Tutty and Valerie Angelichio, Class of 1999 were the first recipients of the Gilmartin/Morris Scholarship Award. The award honored the memory of the late Mary Gilmartin Morris '37, who taught in Ilion schools for many years, and Gerald and George Gilmartin. The recipient had to be a senior in the top 15 percent of the graduating class, with a well-rounded extracurricular schedule both in and out of school, and planned on attending college to study education or business leadership. The award was $1000 a year, for four years. The Scholarship was administered by the Ilion Central School District Foundation. (July 22, 1999)

Through the generosity of Mary Panarites, the Ilion Central School District Foundation offered the annual Panarites scholarship. The recipient had to be a graduate of Ilion High School and already awarded a four year undergraduate degree. He/She had to be accepted or already attending a certified medical school. Inquiries about the scholarship could be made to Superintendent of Schools. (added May 4, 1998)

Dr. Jeff Seymour - Ilion, NY

A scholarship to honor Ilion alumnus, the late Dr. Jeffrey J. Seymour, Class of 1983, was established by family members and friends and was also administered by the Foundation. The award was presented to a graduating senior, who was a science major, with strong family and social values. Dr. Seymour, age 31, resided in Ilion with his wife Pina and was the son of Alfred & Patricia Seymour, of Ilion. On January 6, 1997, Dr. Seymour, who was chief resident at Albany Medical Center, died in an automobile accident on Rt. 28, south of Mohawk.

If you would like to make a contribution, in memory of a deceased alumnus, please consider the The Central Valley Central School Foundation.


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