New York State Assemblyman Cliff Crouch and State Senator James Seward will be the two honored guests at this year’s “Spring Frolic,” the annual benefit sponsored by the Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc. The event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Magro’s Banquet Hall on Route 12B in Sherburne.

“Friends of Rogers spent two solid years renegotiating our facility/property use agreement with the New York State DEC, and if not for the support and gumption of both these men back during the fall of 2015, things might have gone quickly to the wayside,” Solomon continued. “We’re very thankful for their contributions of time spent meeting with us at Rogers - and for their spearheading sit-down meetings in Albany with both parties.”

Solomon said Seward has been instrumental in securing funding for Friends of Rogers during their seven years of operating the facility and also secured a DEC-funded appropriation of $50,000 to Friends of Rogers during 2016-17.

After state cuts to some facilities operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation in December 2010, local residents formed the Friends of Rogers to keep the Center open. Friends of Rogers signed a Use and Occupancy Agreement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to Solomon, Seward and Crouch were instrumental in navigating the NYS DEC bureaucracy by successfully allowing Friends of Rogers the ability to update the terms of the mutual facility use agreements with NYS DEC. The agreement signed in 2017 now runs through 2037.

Spring Frolic, the primary fundraising event for Friends of Rogers, highlights include live music with ‘Jenni and Tom,’ photo booth, cash bar, silent auction, and tasting reception featuring local establishments.

Reservations are $59 per person; space is limited. Call 607-674-4733 for a reservation.