Fourteen individuals and four organizations will be honored at the 2012 Greater Rochester Awards for their contributions to the non-profit sector.
The event is presented by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and sponsored by Bank of America Corp., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Financial Architects, a member of the MassMutual Financial Group.
Nominations were received in seven categories. Here are the honorees:
Board Leadership Award: presented to non-profit board chairmen and chairwomen who have enhanced the mission and reputation of their agencies through effective leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, community collaboration and problem solving. This year's recipients are Kathy Costello, Christopher's Challenge; Cornelia Labrum, Cameron Community Ministries; and David Riedman, Seneca Park Zoo Society.
Career Achievement: presented to staff members not in senior management who exhibit innovation, leadership and creativity to help deliver positive, measurable results. The award will be given to John Barr, Hillside Family of Agencies; James Dentinger and Daniel Bock, Mary Cariola Children's Center; and Robin Sturm, Building Healthy Children.
Community Champion: given to individuals, volunteers or staffers, whose efforts with local human service non-profits have made a significant positive impact on the community. The recipients are Randall Farnsworth, Randall Farnsworth Auto Group; Bridgette Wiefling M.D., Anthony L. Jordan Health Center; and Fran Weisberg, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.
Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group: presented to a group of co-workers or affinity group members who have come together over the past year to make a difference in Greater Rochester through their collective volunteerism. The award will be given to Entercom Rochester LLC; Getinge; and Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.
Rising Star: given to staff members who have demonstrated a fast-track record of accomplishment and growth of responsibilities in delivering agency services. The honorees are Shlynn Ciciotti, LDA Life and Learning Services; Tarlon Gibson, Threshold at the Community Place; and Terra Keller, Foodlink Inc.
Bank of America Impact Award: presented to a program that has demonstrated measurable, positive results. This year's recipient is Warrior Salute, CDS Monarch Inc.
MassMutual Executive of the Year: given to an executive with a record of innovative leadership in delivering services with a measurable positive impact. The award will be given to Leslie Berkowitz, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester.
The ceremony to recognize the honorees will be held Oct. 29 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10 and can be reserved at go.rbj.net/greaterrochester.
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