James Brodsky, a member of the board of directors of the Landmarks Conservancy, presented the award to Phil Forman, president of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church. The grant is a Robert W. Wilson Challenge Grant, which Forman explained is one of the more difficult and prestigious grant programs, with a "challenging set of criteria" focused on the historic importance of the project and the applicant's commitment to preservation. Brodsky, who lives in Hudson and serves on the deliberation committee, called the restoration of the major window in the church's facade important to Sacred Sites and to him personally.
After the award had been presented, Forman did the math. The restoration of the stained glass window and the wood tracery, excluding engineering, will cost $163,900. Thus far, $157,000 has been committed to the project--$80,000 from the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, $50,000 from the Sacred Sites Program, and $27,000 from individual donations--leaving $6,900 still to be raised and another $6,000 for engineering costs. Forman asked the audience for a show a hands on whether or not the project could be done this year. In the audience made up primarily of members of the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church and other members of the community committed to the preservation of the historic church at the corner of Warren and Fourth street, all hands went up.
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