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Greater Rochester Awards honor non-profit contributors

Rochester Business Journal
October 29, 2012

Fourteen individuals and four organizations were honored Monday at the 2012 Greater Rochester Awards for their contributions to the non-profit sector. Nearly 350 attended the luncheon to recognize the honorees at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.

Kathy Costello of Christopher's Challenge, Cornelia Labrum of Cameron Community Ministries and David Riedman of Seneca Park Zoo Society were presented the Board Leadership Award. This award is 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.
John Barr of Hillside Family of Agencies; James Dentinger and Daniel Bock of Mary Cariola Children's Center; and Robin Sturm of Building Healthy Children received the Career Achievement award, presented to staff members not in senior management who exhibit innovation, leadership and creativity to help deliver positive, measurable results. 

Recipients of the Community Champion award are Randall Farnsworth, Randall Farnsworth Auto Group; Bridgette Wiefling M.D., Anthony L. Jordan Health Center; and Fran Weisberg, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. This award is given to individuals, volunteers or staffers, whose efforts with local human service non-profits have made a significant positive impact on the community.
Three firms—Entercom Rochester LLC, Getinge and Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP—were honored as Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Groups. This prize is 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.
Three members of non-profit teams were named Rising Stars, given to staff members who have demonstrated a fast-track record of accomplishment and growth of responsibilities in delivering agency services. The honorees were Shlynn Ciciotti, LDA Life and Learning Services; Tarlon Gibson, Threshold at the Community Place; and Terra Keller, Foodlink Inc.
CDS Monarch Inc.’s Warrior Salute program received the Bank of America Impact Award, presented to a program that has demonstrated measurable, positive results.

Leslie Berkowitz of Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester was named MassMutual Executive of the Year. The accolade is given to an executive with a record of innovative leadership in delivering services with a measurable positive impact.

The annual 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.

(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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