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Philanthropy award winners honored

Rochester Business Journal
November 9, 2012

The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Genesee Valley chapter, Friday honored individuals and organizations for recognizing the need to give back, with its 2011 philanthropy awards.

Marking National Philanthropy Day at a luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, AFP’s local chapter handed out awards in six categories. Twenty-nine individuals and organizations were nominated this year.

The 2012 Philanthropy Award honorees are:

  • The Polisseni Family, who received the award for Outstanding Philanthropist. It is given to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles. Other nominees were: Harold and Terri Bobry, Karen and Dan Lynch, Victor Salerno, Sue van der Stricht, Tom and Nan Hildebrandt and Walter Parkes.
  • Daniel Burns, who was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. This award goes to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of more than one non-profit organization, demonstrating a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy. Other nominees were: David Guadagnino, David Riedman and the Rotary Club of Greece.
  • Ambika Sharma, who received the award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraiser. This honor is awarded to an individual or group of individuals who are 18 years of age or younger and have engaged in fundraising activity for a non-profit organization, demonstrating commitment to helping others through philanthropy. Other nominees were: Rachel Auchter, Kids Miracle Making Club, Kyle Schuhart, Kyle Stein, Water for South Sudan at the Harley School and Woof Woof Club.
  • M/E Engineering P.C., which took home the award for Outstanding Corporation. It goes to a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. Other nominees were: Constellation Brands Inc., CooperVision Inc., Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc., Hoselton Auto Mall and Nixon Peabody LLP.
  • Karen Gaffney, who was named the Robert A. Clinger Outstanding Professional Fundraiser this year. This award is given to an outstanding individual fundraising professional who practices the profession in an exemplary manner. Other nominees were: Carol Anne DeMoulin and Diane Shoger.
  • The Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation received the award for Outstanding Foundation. This goes to a private or family foundation that has a demonstrated record of generosity through direct financial support and motivation of individuals and organizations to play leading roles in supporting the needs and priorities of our community. The other nominee was: A.B. & J. Noyes Foundation.

Learn more about all the nominees in the Nov. 2 print edition of the Rochester Business Journal.

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


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