Every fall, Rochester Area Community Foundation introduces the recipients of its Philanthropy Awards and makes its report to the community. (See all recipients.) The Community Foundation's 2016 Philanthropy Awards and Annual Report to the Community Luncheon was held on Thursday, September 22 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. A record-high crowd of 615 was on hand to help us celebrate.
We honored sisters Mary V. Fisher and Deborah Lattime with the Joe U. Posner Founders Award. Other Philanthropy Award recipients were Dr. Sidney and Barbara Sobel and Dilip Vellodi. These honorees received a bronze loving cup designed by Scottsville artist Wendell Castle. We also recognized the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County with the Ames-Amzalak Award for Nonprofit Excellence.
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Join us in congratulating the recipients of our Philanthropy Awards.
Year in and year out, each recipient contributes to the promise of the greater Rochester region. We recognize the many hours and consistent financial support these generous individuals and families share with countless nonprofit organizations dedicated to the improvement of our families, our neighbors, our schools, and our villages, towns, cities, and counties.
If not for this award, many of our honorees would remain behind the scenes, invisibly savoring the good works they have started, continued, or completed. We thank them for going public with their generosity in order to inspire others.
Here are the people and organizations that have been recognized with Philanthropy Awards by the Community Foundation since 1991. Those who have received the Joe U. Posner Founders Award, named for our founding chair, are marked with a + (it was the Founders Award before 2001):
2016: Mary F. Fisher and Deborah Lattime+; Dr. Sidney and Barbara Sobel; and Dilip Vellodi.
2015: Leo and Charlotte Landhuis; Pin-Seng and Shirley Tschang; and Nathan “Nick” Robfogel+
Special Recognition: Bob Silver and 20 years of leading Community Sponsors annual campaign
2014: Tom Argust+; Dr. Matthew Augustine; Linda Wells Davey; and the Robert Sykes and family
Special Recognition: Feinbloom Supporting Foundation 25-year partnership.
2013: Dr. Walter Cooper+; The Robert and Jane Stevens Family; and Eric Zeller
Special Recognition: Muriel H. Marshall Fund 15-year partnership.
2012: Ronald Fielding; Janet Buchanan Smith; and Margaret Sánchez+
Special Recognition: Community Foundation Founders and Longest-Serving Volunteers for An Evening Out At Home - Diana Lauria and Esel Rasor
2011: Edward P. “Ted” Curtis Jr.; Lou and Betty Iacona family; Ruth I. Morton; and Ruth H. Scott+
2010: Mark and Kathy Cleary; Mark and Bobbie (Barbara) Hargrave Jr.; TC Lewis+; and Nannette Nocon
2009: Bruce B. Bates+; Suzanne Gouvernet; Adrienne and Bertha Simpkins; and Justin L. Vigdor
2008: Joe Brown; Dr. Marvin and Nancy Yanes Hoffman: Robert D. “Bob” Hursh+; and Frank and Norma Riedman
2007: Vee and George Angle; Tom and Barbara Clark; Paul Rubery, Esq.+; and V.J. Stanley
2006: Catherine Carlson/Dorris and Chester Carlson Foundation; Ray and Erika Hutch; and Harris “Bud” Rusitzky+
2005: Harry and Nancy Beilfuss; Robert W. “Bob” Kessler, Esq.+; and John M. “Dutch” Summers
2004: George and Mary Bauer: Marjorie Brenneman; Jerome L. Huff; and Richard A. Schwartz+
2003: Armored Motor Service of Rochester: Jacqueline P. Cady; Alfred L. Davis; C. Benn and Sally Forsyth+; and Halcyon Hill Foundation
2002: Joanna Card: ESL Federal Credit Union; James and Janis Gleason and the Gleason Foundation; Elliott H. Press; and Janet Welch+
2001: Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust; Ione “Grandma” Collins ; B. Thomas Golisano; and Robert C. Silver+
Special Recognition: Horses on Parade Project of High Falls Brewing Company
2000: Davenport-Hatch Foundation; Lance Drummond; Greece Rotary Club; Cricket Luellen; and Linda Weinstein+
1999: Joseph and Nancy Briggs+; Caldwell Manufacturing; Princeton Club of Rochester; and Robert Schmidhammer
1998: Arunas Chesonis; Ronald Fielding; James Littwitz+; Richard Palermo; and The Rochester Garden Club
1997: The Brush Family+; Hattie Harris ; Rosa Wims; Louis S. & Molly Wolk Foundation; and Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1996: Frontier Corporation; Junior League of Rochester; Joe U. Posner+; and Robert Strasenburgh
1995: Brighton Twelve Corners Middle School 8th Grade Community Service Program; Diane Doniger; Ruby Lockhart; Merrill Lynch and Co., Bruce Taub – Resident Vice President; and I.C. Shah+
1994: Dr. Donald Eldredge; Harold and Joan Feinbloom+; Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1993: Nicholas Ferreri; Philip and Dolores Neivert; Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.; and Wyman-Potter Foundation
1992: Borders Book Shop; Eastman Kodak Company: Elliot Landsman; Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
1991: Richard F. Brush
The Ames-Amzalak Fund at the Community Foundation was established in 1984 to honor the memory of Henry Ames and his brothers, Semon and Daniel Amzalak. These three young immigrants from the British territory of Gibraltar came to Rochester and prospered as owners of Mally Co., a women’s dress shop at East Avenue and Main Street, and other businesses. They established a private foundation, which in turn created the fund at the Community Foundation.
The Ames-Amzalak Award for Nonprofit Excellence, given every other year in more recent times, recognizes an innovative and effective nonprofit organization that is a true community partner.
2016: YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County
2014: United Way of Greater Rochester
2012: Lifespan of Greater Rochester
2010: Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning
2008: Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester
2007: Ibero-American Action League
2006: Children’s Institute
2003: Causewave Community Partners (formerly the Advertising Council of Rochester, Inc.)
2000: Hope Hall
1998: Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service/Ontario-Yates Hospice
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