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Philanthropic efforts honored at AFP luncheon

Rochester Business Journal
November 1, 2013

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Genesee Valley Chapter applauded 23 individuals, corporations and foundations this afternoon for their dedication to giving back.

The honorees were recognized at an awards ceremony Friday afternoon in honor of National Philanthropy Day. More than 500 people attended the event at Rochester Riverside Convention Center to pay tribute to philanthropic efforts, AFP officials said.

The 2013 Philanthropy Award winners are:

• Mark Wishman 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: Robert and Leslie Baker, Margie Dell and Kathy Pavelka.

• Luke Pisani who received the award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraiser—Individual. 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.

• Jack Sullivan and Catherine’s Peace Team who won the award for Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraiser—Group. This honor is given to a 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 by giving back.

• Diane Shoger who was recognized as 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. The other nominee was Steven Smith.

• The Riedman 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 nominees were: Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and Waldron Rise Foundation.

• Dixon Schwabl Inc., 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. Others nominated in this category were: Delta Airlines Inc., Lawley Andolina Verdi LLC, McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Greater Rochester, Nucor Corp. and Starbucks Corp.

• Norman and Arlene Leenhouts, 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. Others nominated in this category were: Charles Frear, Patricia Larrabee, Victor Salerno and Justin Vigdor.

Learn more about the nominees in the Rochester Business Journal’s Oct. 25 Special Report on philanthropy.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email


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