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Rochester Business Journal
October 22, 2013

Nearly 450 people attended the 2013 Greater Rochester Awards event today honoring 18 individuals and four organizations for their contributions to the area's non-profits.

The event at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center was presented by the Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., and sponsored by Bank of America Corp. and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Nominations were received in seven categories. Here are the honorees:

Board Leadership: 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 were Erica Tickle, Alternatives for Battered Women; Leslie Zornow, Ad Council of Rochester; and Mark Armbruster, Lisa Bianchi, Michael Burns, Christopher Cebula, John Langfitt M.D. and Jonathan Sacks, Epilepsy-Pralid Inc.

Career Achievement: presented to staff members not in senior management who exhibit innovation, leadership and creativity to help deliver positive, measurable results. The award was given to Zetta Denno, Charles Settlement House; Saul Jeng, Hillside Children's Center; and Denise O'Brien-Miller, Mary Cariola Children's Center.

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 were Conger Gabel, Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association Inc.; James Taylor of Taylor, the Builders; and Maria Thomas Fisher, city of Rochester.

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 was given to B&L Wholesale Supply Inc.; Butler/Till; and Harris RF Communications.

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 were Shaquana Divers, Center for Community Health, University of Rochester Medical Center; Lisa Ponticello, AutismUp; and Kristine Santillo, Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.

Bank of America Impact Award: presented to a program that has demonstrated measurable, positive results. This year's recipient is Teen Court of the Center for Youth.

Executive of the Year: given to an executive with a record of innovative leadership in delivering services with a measurable positive impact. The award was given to Thomas Ferraro, Foodlink Inc.

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