Local and regional support for efforts to host the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid continues to roll in.
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced last fall the state was pulling funding for the popular winter and summer events.
Soon after, a coalition of local governments and organizations pulled together and saved the winter games - and support has grown steadily ever since.
On Friday, C & S Companies of Syracuse - which has partnered with the town of North Elba on local projects in the past - presented games organizers with a check for $2,500.
North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi and Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall accepted the donation from Doug Bauer, a project engineer with C & S Companies.
Politi says donations from local governments and private enterprise represent the sort of partnership needed to host events like the Empire State Winter Games - especially as state funds become more scarce.
"We're proud of the partnerships that we've developed across the state of New York," he said. "This is an example of a company stepping up and wanting to support not just the Empire State Games, but also the young athletes of the state. We're extremely pleased with their willingness to help and their interest in the young athletes in our community and across the state."
Mayor Randall said the partnerships are important moving forward as the region looks to bring other large-scale events to the North Country.
"This is truly an opportunity for Lake Placid and the state to continue what has become an over 30-year tradition," he said. "The partnerships that are developing as we look ahead to future years are very important to us."
Politi said he hopes other private and public outlets will step forward with similar donations.
Jim McKenna is president and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. He says both private businesses and local governments are beginning to recognize that the state can no longer operate events and programs like it once could.
McKenna says building partnerships between local governments and the private sector could be the saving grace the Adirondack North Country needs.
"The governor is mentioning now that we could see 10,000 to 15,000 jobs cuts - and in the Adirondacks we have a large percentage, over 30 percent, of public jobs," he said. "So we need to band together for the future. And this is giving us the momentum to do that."
Bauer from C & S Companies said making a donation to the winter games effort was a no-brainer for his business.
"The town of North Elba has always been a good client of our and we like to support the communities we work in," he said. "This is a great opportunity to do just that."
The Empire State Winter Games will be held from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27 at venues throughout the Tri-Lakes region.