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1 For $100,000

Sure, you could bestow a silver Porsche Cabriolet or a 30-foot Monterey 305 cruiser upon a loved one. On the other hand, consider some other $100K possibilities.

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1. Three vans (including driver, maintenance, and fuel) for Citymeals-On-Wheels, enabling the organization to feed up to 300 additional homebound elderly now on waiting lists. The donor's name can appear on the side of the vans. (Contact: Maryanne Bloomfield; 212-687-1234.)

2. The renovation and upgrading of a New York Public School Library. Two hundred are in desperate need; a plaque with the donor's name can be mounted on the chosen library's wall. (Contact: Linda Gillies; 718-935-4321.)

3. A permanent endowment to the Central Park Conservancy for the care and maintenance of a grove of trees and the surrounding area in Central Park. A plaque inscribed with the donor's name can be placed in each grove. (Contact: Eleanore Kennedy; 212-935-4500).

4. An elevator in one of Housing Works, Inc.'s three Harlem brownstones under renovation for housing people with aids. One of the completed buildings can have a plaque inscribed with the donor's name. (Contact: Charles King; 212-966-0466.)

5. Enrollment for 170 underprivileged Bed-Stuy kids in the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA summer camp. A plaque with the donor's name can be hung at the entrance to the Y's recreational facility. (Contact: Kevin Jeffrey; 718-789-1497.)

6. A full month of meals from God's Love We Deliver for men, women, and children living with aids. A heart-shaped plaque at the entrance to the organization's SoHo facility can acknowledge the gift. (Contact: Marianne Paciulli; 212-294-8119.)

7. Full sponsorship of an entire New York City public school for one year in the Lincoln Center Institute For The Arts In Education program, which brings performances to schools, and kids to programs at the Institute. The donor's name can be inscribed on the Institute's Funder's Wall. (Contact: Ed Boland; 212-875-5423.)

8. Monetary awards for young New York City Opera singers to help further their careers by giving them the financial means to continue their studies, coaching, and lessons. The award can be in the donor's name. (Contact: Jeff Lawson ; 212-870-5619.)

9. Equipment for and refurbishing of the Craniofacial Orthodontic Center at NYU Medical Center for children with facial deformities. The center can be named after the donor. (Contact: Variety -- The Children's Charity, Leslye Schneider Bailey; 212-760-2777.)

10. Expansion and improvement of the Early Stage Alzheimer's Program at the Samuel Field YM & YWHA. The program would be named for the donor. (Contact: Steven Goodman; 718-225-6750.)


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