Emergency Department Award Honors Retiring Clayton Mayor
CLAYTON — The Cary and Janet Brick Riverside Foundation, a Northern New York Community Foundation affiliate, has provided a grant to River Hospital in honor of retiring Clayton Mayor Norma Zimmer.
A $1,500 grant was recently awarded to support the hospital’s Emergency Department, which “continues to enhance the quality of life for the Thousand Islands year-round residents and summer visitors with first-rate care in their own back yard.”
“Our Foundation is dedicated to supporting institutions and programs to enhance the quality of life in the Thousand Islands. Because River Hospital continues to share our values, we are pleased to offer this ‘thank you’ grant,” Mr. and Mrs. Brick said in making the award. “River Hospital’s medical professionals excel in treating patients with dignity and compassion, as well as comfort when it is needed the most.”
The Bricks awarded the grant honor of longtime village Mayor Norma Zimmer, who after 16 years in office announced plans to retire from elective service while dedicating her time to helping the village as an active volunteer in the community.
“It is our privilege to honor her through this opportunity to support River Hospital,” Mr. and Mrs. Brick said. “Norma has dedicated her remarkable energies to public service. Her long-range vision for Clayton has made the village a nationally recognized community of excellence. She has led with enviable fervor in everything she has done without asking for the public adoration she so richly deserves.”
The Bricks said Clayton is a far better place thanks to Mayor Zimmer’s service.
“Norma Zimmer’s Clayton represents a spirit of ‘Yes, We Can!’ when it comes to rising to any occasion,” Mr. and Mrs. Brick said. “Norma’s career of positive actions and influence will yield benefits for Clayton and the Thousand Islands region for decades to come. She is a treasure.”
Established in 2017, the Brick Riverside Foundation is a geographic-specific charitable fund that provides support for St. Lawrence River-area programs and institutions to enhance the quality of life in the Thousand Islands region. It is designed to have broad impact in perpetuity.
The Brick Riverside Foundation gift to support the hospital is the latest from a Northern New York Community Foundation-affiliated fund.
The Bricks are active supporters of Clayton and the River community. Mr. Brick served as a fire commissioner and Mrs. Brick was Clayton Town and Village justice. In 2021, the Brick Riverside Foundation awarded a grant to help the Clayton celebrate its 150th anniversary. The component fund is a great example of a Community Foundation affiliate continuing a more than 94-year record of helping Northern New York strengthen the quality of life for generations to come.
About the Northern New York Community Foundation
Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and generous families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others.
The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play.