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Philanthropy Award Recipients

The Community Foundation’s work wouldn’t be possible without the vision and generosity of our donors. Every year since 1991, we have recognized the contributions of philanthropists whose giving has inspired others while strengthening the Greater Rochester-Finger Lakes region. 

While we usually host our Philanthropy Awards and Annual Report to the Community Luncheon at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, our 2020 celebration was the first virtual event of its kind. Our philanthropy award recipients embody the event theme: “Generosity Can’t Be Quarantined.” Here is the full recording of our livestream from September 23, 2020, and you can scroll further below for excerpts featuring our honorees.

José Coronas, Joe U. Posner Founders Award

Born in Cuba, José came to Rochester for a summer job at Kodak and returned after graduating from college for a full-time job there. When the division he led was sold to Johnson & Johnson Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, he became its president. After retiring, he and two others who spent their careers at Kodak started Trillium Group, to provide seed funding to help start new businesses.

José’s earliest connection to the Community Foundation was while he served on the board of Ibero-American Action League, which then established a scholarship fund at the Foundation to support Hispanic high school students going on to college. José and his wife, Karen, also created a scholarship at St. John Fisher College to support Hispanic students there. The Coronases split their time between Canandaigua and Florida.

Nancy Robbins

This native of Pennsylvania was recruited by a headhunter in 1961 to be a buyer at the former Sibley’s department store. Throughout her life, Nancy has volunteered on many boards, including serving as president of the now-defunct Women’s Education and Industrial Union. She chaired the downtown festival during Rochester’s sesquicentennial in 1984 and also WXXI’s auction. But Nancy is best known for being the lead volunteer and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, which opened 30 years ago just a few streets away from the Golisano Children’s Hospital. She also served as that organization’s first board chair. Nancy, who lives in Pittsford, regularly engages her two daughters and five grandsons in recommending grants from the family’s charitable fund at the Foundation.

Mary-Frances Winters

Named by Forbes magazine as one of 10 trailblazers in diversity and inclusion in 2019, Mary-Frances got her start in this important work when she launched The Winters Group in 1984 after she left Kodak. A longtime Rochester resident who now lives in North Carolina, Mary-Frances served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors and established The Winters Group Fund to Promote Diversity & Inclusion in 1996. That fund has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to support innovative efforts at nonprofits across the country to improve diversity and inclusion. Mary-Frances is also a prolific author. Her latest book, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, was released in the fall of 2020.

Clayton H. Osborne
Joe U. Posner Founders Award

Clay gives back to this community because growing up, he had a great deal of support after his mother passed away: “A lot of people gave back to me and so I always feel that the person I have become is because of lots and lots of people, so I feel a responsibility to give back to others.”

Born and raised in Panama, Clay and his siblings (a sister and brother) came to the United States to get an education. While working at the New York State Division for Youth and after receiving his master’s degree, he came to Rochester, serving in various roles and later becoming regional director for Upstate New York. Clay served as director of operations for Monroe County and then joined Bausch & Lomb, retiring as vice president for human resources after an 18-year career there.

Clay’s connection to the Community Foundation began with two different stints on the board of directors. He and his wife, Dorelis, have been frequent hosts and cohosts for the Foundation’s An Evening Out At Home gala. Clay has offered his expertise to many additional nonprofit boards. A founding member of the Foundation’s African American Giving Initiative, he also helped launch the Workforce Diversity Network and True Networking Thursdays for African American professionals.

But he is laser-focused on promoting community problem-solving through collective impact. This father of two sons, with a third grandchild due in December, is especially distressed at our community’s poverty rate. “It hurts me because that is not how I personally experience Rochester. … so my volunteer time and my passion is around how we can make a difference.”

Dr. Norman Loomis and Laura “Jinny” Loomis

When Jinny married Norm 63 years ago and they moved to Ontario, Wayne County, she was advised that as a doctor’s wife she could read books and play bridge but should never get involved in politics or religion or “go around making a statement.”

But the new Mrs. Loomis had other ideas. “Communities are made of people who contribute to the community. Good communities are people that get involved and make it a better community,” says Jinny, who got very involved in politics, historical preservation efforts, and in the schools when their three children started attending.

Jinny said yes when asked in the 1980s to join the advisory committee of the fledgling Wayne County Community Endowment and yes again when invited to be on the Community Foundation board. She rose to leadership positions with both.

While Norm was building his practice, he also got involved in the broader community, becoming one of the first family doctors to get privileges at Strong Hospital. He was chief of the Department of Family Practice at Rochester General Hospital for many years and served on the hospital board. He joined countless local, statewide and national medical organizations and committees, and was an on-site physician at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1980.

The Loomises’ devotion to their community has not gone unnoticed. Norm was named Town of Ontario’s Citizen of the Year in 1973, and in 2015 he and Jinny received the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harold Samloff

Growing up in the Rochester neighborhood of Hollenbeck Street and Avenue D, Harold watched as his parents became entrepreneurs. They bought a grocery store on Court Street that had an upstairs apartment and a two-room boarding house next door. A bustling downtown necessitated that the store be open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day. The Samloff sons helped out when they weren’t in school.

That may be where Harold first caught the real estate bug and then found a love for it a few years into practicing law. Starting with a five-unit apartment, he and his partner and best friend, real estate developer Larry Glazer, built, redeveloped, and managed many small and large projects in Rochester under the name Buckingham Properties.

Harold retired about 15 years ago. After the tragic deaths of Larry and his wife, Jane, Harold got re-engaged with the company to help the new senior management.

Harold and his wife Judy, grandparents of four and married for 53 years, have been involved with the Community Foundation since 2004. They first opened a Charitable Checking AccountSM and later the Samloff Family Fund to facilitate their personal giving.

He explains his approach to philanthropy with this analogy: “In real estate there is a certain type of lease called a percentage lease, where you rent to somebody and they pay you based on how well they have done. What I have is sort of like a percentage lease, and to the extent I have done well, I owe a little bit of that percentage back to the community.”

Kathy Nixon
Joe U. Posner Founders Award

Kathy’s activist parents inspired her generous and community-minded spirit. Her mom was an avid volunteer. Her father, as Connecticut’s commissioner of community affairs, worked on various race issues, and both parents protested the Vietnam War, marched against poverty, and opened their home to those who needed a place to stay.

Kathy, Ted, and their family made Rochester their home in 1980. Philanthropy became a big part of their lives several years later when Ted sold his share of a broadcasting company. They made sizable — and anonymous — gifts to support the Greater Rochester Women’s Fund at the Foundation and community-wide efforts to improve early childhood education.

Kathy served on the Community Foundation board for eight years. After retiring in 2016, she stayed involved by joining the Advisory Council and co-spearheading the annual Community Sponsors campaign.

Her strong belief in giving back is something she promotes with her two adult children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren. Annually, each grandchild is given a modest amount to contribute to a cause or organization he or she cares about. “It is really fun and exciting to give and it has been neat to get the kids involved in giving, too.”

The Bud and Peggy Frame Family

Giving back to the community they love is something that is very important to the Frames.

Bud and his late wife, Peggy, have worked with the Community Foundation since 1991 to facilitate their personal charitable giving. Some of their more visible gifts are donated clock towers that stand in downtown Pittsford and on the campuses of the University of Rochester and the UR Medical Center, the last two in memory of family members.

This tight-knit Pittsford family “are very like-minded people. We have similar tastes and interests,” says Michael Frame, the middle of their three sons. That includes their philanthropy, which collectively and individually focuses on causes or organizations they care about — and that also benefit the community.

To ensure that the family’s legacy of giving will continue, the Frames took a portion of an endowed advised fund they set up in 1994 and split it into three permanent funds, one for each of their sons and daughters-in-law. “Giving back goes deep into the roots of our family,” says oldest son Scott. “We derive a great deal of satisfaction and joy from giving.”

Marion and Randy Henderson

For this couple, philanthropy is simply about helping others, especially youth. “Children are our future and sometimes they do not get the opportunity to do much just because they do not have the means,” says Marion.

The Hendersons’ support has been far-reaching and has included taking in foster children, providing incentives for high school seniors through their Ford dealership, helping with an annual book drive for Rochester School 50, volunteering with their church’s youth jail ministry, and supporting local YMCAs and Champion Academy. “We just think of it as doing what we are led to do,” adds Randy.

In 2010, they connected with the Community Foundation and set up the Henderson Family Legacy Fund to support education and address issues affecting families and the elderly. Randy and Marion were early members of the Foundation’s African American Giving Initiative. They both believe they are just doing their part. “We often look at philanthropy in terms of financial resources, but I really think that anyone who is committed to giving and helping others has some philanthropic values,” says Randy.

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. The Community Foundation recognizes the many hours and consistent financial support these generous individuals and families share with countless nonprofit organizations dedicated to the improvement of 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, built on, 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 plus symbol (+). Before 2001, this honor was simply the Founders Award.

2020: José Coronas+; Nancy Robbins; and Mary-Frances Winters

2019: Laura “Jinny” Loomis and Norman Loomis, MD; Harold Samloff; and Clayton H. Osborne+

2018: Bud and Peggy* Frame family; Randy and Marion Henderson; and Kathy Nixon+

2017: Mike Buckley+; Anne Morris Farnham and Sherman Farnham Jr.; Mimi Hwang; and Chuck Lundeen* and John Williams
Special Recognition: Irene Weinberg, one of the Foundations’ first donors, and Rochester Women’s Giving Circle for its 10th year and surpassing $1 million in grantmaking

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* for 20 years of leading Community Sponsors annual campaign

2014: Tom Argust+; Dr. Matthew Augustine; Linda Wells Davey; and Robert Sykes* and family
Special Recognition: Feinbloom Supporting Foundation 25-year partnership.

2013: Dr. Walter Cooper+; the family of Robert* and Jane* Stevens; 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.*; the family of Lou and Betty* Iacona; 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*; and the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

1991: Richard F. Brush