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Greater Rochester Awards


October 27, 2015
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Luncheon Noon – 1:30 pm

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The Rochester Business Journal and the United Way of Greater Rochester present the Greater Rochester Awards, which celebrate the exceptional work done by our community’s human services sector. The awards, given in several categories, will honor non-profit staff members, executives, volunteers and programs that make our community a better place to live.

Congratulations to our 2015 Honorees and Finalists!


Board Leadership:

Donna DePeters, The Children’s Institute
Matthew Ray, Foodlink Inc.
Stephen Schwarz, Starbridge 

Career Achievement:

Jennifer DeVault, UR Medicine’s Thompson Health
Gladys Jordan-Holloman, Baden Street Settlement
Minerva Padilla, People Inc. Finger Lakes

Community Champion:

Gerald Archibald, The Bonadio Group
Len Franklin and Lynne MacConnell, CDS Monarch Inc.
Randy Henderson, Henderson Ford

Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group:

Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets Inc.’s Lyell Avenue store
Xerox Corp.

Rising Star:

Jillian Carter, Heritage Christian Services Inc.
Erika Green, Arc of Monroe County
Felix Ortiz, Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Executive of the Year:

Marlene Bessette, Catholic Family Center of the Diocese of Rochester

Bank of America Impact Award Finalists:

AutismUp Summer Social Skill Education Program
Foodlink’s curbside market program
Willow Domestic Violence Center

The winner—slated to receive $10,000—is to be announced at the awards luncheon!


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Click here to view photos from the 2013 event.

Click here to view photos from the 2012 event.

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