Since our founding in 1972, we have worked closely with exceptional individuals and families who use their charitable giving to make our region stronger, and more vital. Here a few of those generous folks, who recently received Philanthropy Awards:
Joe U. Posner Founders Award
“Giving back was part of our family. It was part of what our parents did and it becomes part of you,” says Mary, a trust and estates attorney with Lacy Katzen LLP, who has connected many charitably inclined clients to the Community Foundation. Mary has served on the Foundation’s board of directors and is involved on boards of organizations and causes she cares about. Deb’s careers included stints in arts management, fundraising, and grant writing. From 2009 to 2016, Deb was chair of the Foundation’s Muriel H. Marshall Fund Planning Committee, overseeing distribution of $3.29 million in grants to assist older adults in Genesee County. Deb also has volunteered on boards and committees, most notably the Sodus Bay Historical Society, which her mother helped establish decades before. The sisters used inherited Kodak stock to set up the Frank and Janet Fisher Fund in honor of their parents. It supports the needs of families for generations to come.
Sid, a radiation oncologist, witnessed the hardship faced by people diagnosed with cancer and living in rural areas. To meet their needs, he and Barbara took out a personal construction loan to build a radiation oncology center in Ontario County. Two similar facilities were built later in Genesee and Steuben counties. Barbara has led several programs on domestic abuse inside and outside the Jewish community. Since opening their first fund at the Community Foundation in 1991, the Sobels have distributed more than 600 grants in support of the arts, medicine, and a variety of Jewish causes and organizations. In 2010, Sid opened a fund to commission a musical score to the Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches (1961), a story about equity and differences. It is performed by orchestras across the country and annually by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dilip is president, CEO, and founder of Sutherland Global Services, which employs more than 36,000 people and serves 120 businesses in 19 countries. From the very beginning, this 30-year-old company’s business endeavors have included a commitment to giving back in the communities in which they are located. Most notable is the partnership with client Microsoft to create Digital Literacy Centers where Sutherland employees have taught more than 40,000 individuals so far. One of these technology centers is located in Rochester at the Boys & Girls Club on Genesee Street. Dilip has served on the Community Foundation board and Sutherland has been the main sponsor of the Foundation’s An Evening Out At Home gala for five years. Dilip believes that giving back is “more meaningful if it is done quietly, without a lot of fanfare or publicity.”
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 V. 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 for 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
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