The Alexandra G. Kogut Memorial Fund was created by Becky and Mark Kogut in honor of their daughter, Alexandra, to support community organizations that share her passion and kindness. Each year, several grants are awarded through this donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, allowing Alexandra’s spirit to live on. Grants are awarded to programs and organizations that reflect Alexandra’s interests, including swimming and her love for children.

"The children enjoyed a summer experience with the sole purpose of helping them to savor the joy of good books laced with themes of kindness and love,” said Jane Domingue, executive director of Thea Bowman House. “We witness the miracles that happen each year during the Reading Rockets program thanks to the Alexandra G. Kogut Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation.  We are blessed by the commitment and generosity of the Kogut family."

The fund has supported the following community organizations in 2021:

Hope Chapel

A grant to purchase books for the organization’s summer reading program for 60 children in Utica.

Thea Bowman House

A grant in support of Thea Bowman’s summer reading program, Reading Rockets, which aims to improve literacy among elementary children in Herkimer and Oneida counties by focusing on reading, writing, and spelling.

Town of Inlet

A grant toward the purchase of a six-strap rescue board for Arrowhead Beach, improving stability issues that can be caused by waves and nearby channels.

YWCA Mohawk Valley

A grant to Hall House, an emergency shelter of the YWCA, to purchase a new dishwasher for its communal kitchen area.

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