Be a Potter Patriot


Ambassador Award Scholarship

Fairport High School’s Class of 1964, which graduated 162 members from Minerva Deland High School a little more than a half century ago, has affiliated with the Fairport Foundation to continue its tradition of awarding academic scholarships to FHS seniors.

In the past five years class members and others have donated $3,350 to seven individuals.

The scholarship amounts have ranged from $350 to $750, given to Fairport High School graduates in good standing who meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a two- or four-year college or trade/technical school in the fall or winter following their graduation.
  • Hold a minimum average of 75%.
  • Have one or more members of his/her immediate family (parents, grandparents or guardians) be a graduate of Fairport High School.
  • Demonstrate active leadership in school activities, particularly within their graduating class, and attest in a submitted essay to making a good ambassador to the high school and Fairport community in the years after graduation.

The applications are received and processed by the high school guidance department, with identities redacted for anonymity. They are then reviewed by the Class of 1964 scholarship selection committee, which determines the winner.

The scholarship will be paid by certified check from the Fairport Foundation’s account at Canandaigua National Bank.  It  is presented by selection committee members to the student and/or parent(s) at the high school’s annual awards assembly in June.

All donations are 501c(3) tax-exempt. Make checks payable to: Fairport Foundation, 6 North Main St., Suite 105, Fairport, NY 14450. Be sure to write in the notes field on the check “Class of 1964 scholarship.”

PayPal online payment is available as well using the donate button below. The foundation deducts 5% from each donation for processing.


Potter Video Wins Top Honor

Fundraising Documentary Receives Aurora Award’s Platinum Best of Show
The Fairport Foundation’s fundraising documentary for the reconstruction of the Veteran’s Memorial at Potter Park has won an Aurora Awards Platinum Best of Show. The competition is judged by an independent panel of film and video industry professionals who rated it “excellent in execution and content and high in creativity.” The judges also cited its “outstanding videography, excellent content; appropriate, sincere, and low key fundraising pitch well handled; good choice for interviews used as narrative.”

The film concept was developed by Fairport Partnership Executive Director, Scott Winner and Crystal Pix Owner/Director/Editor Ray Manard. Winner pitched the concept to Manard who embraced it wholeheartedly, bringing the full weight of Crystal Pix’s production and post-production capabilities to bear on a pro-bono basis. Winner and Manard co-produced and the piece with Manard directing the videography and supervising post-production in his Fairport facility.

“There are few greater causes than honoring our veterans; I knew that this idea, if properly executed, would be very emotionally powerful. Ray and his team made it so” said Winner.

According to Manard, “Working on a project like this gives you a new perspective on how much our service men and women do for our community and how important it is that we honor and remember them.”

On-camera interviews of veterans, conducted by Winner, were recorded at the Fairport Historical Museum. Live footage of the 2013 Memorial Day parade and ceremonies at the Potter Memorial were recorded and used in the production. Videographers for the three-day, two-camera shoot included director Manard, Eric McMaster, and Doug Buckley. Anne Mills served as production coordinator. Bob Hunt served as liaison for the Fairport Foundation and the Perinton Historical Society. Crystal Pix is a Fairport-based full-service film/video/audio/media production company.

Scouts Occupy Potter Patriot

This afternoon, rain or shine, nearly 100 Scouts, WWII reenactors and Civil War reenactors are set to encamp at Potter Park. Their goal is to help raise funds for the replacement of the Veteran’s Memorial there. Tonight’s overnight encampment will be followed by a day of ceremonies, games and other activities for the entire public to come and enjoy. The festivities begin at 10am and continue until 3pm. Operation Potter Patriot is the result of the collective efforts of the Boy Scout Troops of the Fairport area including Troops 207, 208, 209, 273, 325 and 469.  Bring your kids or grandkids and enjoy a wonderful day full of interactive fun.  Come and support the Scouts and local veterans by buying a brick or making a donation.

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On Monday, March 10, 2014 the Fairport Partnership presented a review to the Fairport Village Board.  The presentation reflected upon all the Partnership had accomplished in 2013, including website development, Veteran’s Memorial design drawings, tourism/destination marketing efforts, fundraising and local festivals and events.  View the pdf here: 2013: A Year in Review.
“Building community beyond what government alone can do.”

The Fairport Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the mission of the Fairport Partnership For a Better Community by gathering resources for community projects and programs. These projects include the restoration of Veterans Memorial at Potter Park, creation and implementation of the Fairport Public Art Program, construction of a train viewing platform at Fairport Junction, and much more. The Foundation is an easy way for you to make a tax-deductible contribution that goes straight to improving the quality of life in your hometown. Your generosity helps to build our community beyond what government alone can do.

The continued goal for the Fairport Foundation is to provide support essential to maintaining and improving your community. We already enjoy a vibrant atmosphere of local shops and year round schedule of great events, benefits that are the result of efforts of dedicated Partnership volunteers who work together with local organizations, merchants and, municipalities. The funds raised by the Foundation help continue smart economic development – local, sustained, and incremental – improving the quality of life for all of us.