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Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet Nets $30,000, Dollar-for-Dollar Challenge Grant from Rhinebeck Bank

Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison today announced a $30,000 challenge grant by Rhinebeck Bank to support the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet.

Launched by the mayor and school superintendent last year, the Cabinet is a coordinating body that brings together decision makers, leaders and community representatives to improve the lives of children, young people and families in the City of Poughkeepsie.

The challenge grant was proposed by Rhinebeck Bank President and CEO Michael Quinn and approved unanimously and with enthusiasm by the bank’s board of directors.

The $30,000, dollar-for-dollar grant represents half of the $60,000 being sought to fund Cabinet staff and community engagement programming for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate in the fundraising campaign, with Rhinebeck Bank matching by Feb. 1 every dollar donated by others up to the $30,000 maximum.

The grant is being made in memory of Thomas Wade, a former Rhinebeck Bank director, who died Nov. 4, 2020, at age 83.

Wade, a Hyde Park resident, had a long and distinguished career in education and community service.

“We are not surprised by Rhinebeck Bank’s generosity,” said Mayor Rolison. “Under Michael Quinn’s leadership, the bank has taken a keen interest in helping the City of Poughkeepsie and the school district make progress, and we believe the work of the Children’s Cabinet is greatly aiding those efforts.”

Dr. Rosser said, “This grant will help maintain momentum of the Children’s Cabinet as we continue to make progress with transforming the Poughkeepsie City School District. The aligned efforts of the Children’s Cabinet and PCSD provides greater opportunity for transformation efforts to have tremendous collective impact on children and families throughout the City of Poughkeepsie.”

“Rhinebeck Bank believes in the City of Poughkeepsie and the Poughkeepsie City School District. The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet is an innovative experiment in community engagement and seeks to help children and families from cradle to career,” Quinn said. “A community succeeds when its schools succeed, and Rhinebeck Bank encourages everyone to invest in our schools and students. This grant is also an opportunity to memorialize Thomas Wade, whose life centered on education, philanthropy and community service.”

Wade began his career teaching and coaching at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset. In 1963, he accepted his first position at Marist College as head basketball coach and assistant director of admissions. He remained at Marist College for the next two decades, serving as dean of students and director of development, then starting his own management consulting and fundraising firm.

In addition to his service on the Bank’s board, Wade was chairman of the board for Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, chairman of the board for Dutchess County United Way and a board member for both United Way of New York State and Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.

The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet recently shared a “Year in Review” report charting its progress to date. This includes selecting an executive committee, facilitating partnerships to create Wi-Fi hotspots to help students in need of internet access during the COVID-19 crisis and preparing to implement an individualized student support system pilot in Poughkeepsie Middle School early this year in partnership with the School District.

The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet is being aided in its work by an expert team from Harvard University and last year became only the tenth community in the country invited to join the By All Means initiative run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Education Redesign Lab. Through this partnership, Poughkeepsie is receiving intensive support from Harvard, including assistance to local consultants and staff, connecting Poughkeepsie leaders with national experts and social impact organizations, promoting exchanges with other By All Means cities and contributing to the documentation and evaluation of Poughkeepsie’s efforts through case studies and reports.

Contributions can be made to the “City of Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet Technical Assistance Fund” at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Cristin McPeake (Vice President, Programs) can be contacted by email at [email protected] or at 845-452-3077 to coordinate details.

To learn more about the Children’s Cabinet, visit