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Golisano Foundation to honor six with Move to Include Awards


"This anniversary is a celebration of the champions who are working in the community every day to make life better and more productive for people with intellectual disabilities," said Golisano, the foundation’s chairman and founder. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie)

The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary by presenting its first Move to Include Awards, honoring those who promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The ceremony is slated for Oct. 15 at the George Eastman Museum, with a dinner honoring the foundation and award winners. It will include a presentation by photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the Positive Exposure Photographic Exhibition, which includes portraits of local people with developmental disabilities, officials said.

"This anniversary is a celebration of the champions who are working in the community every day to make life better and more productive for people with intellectual disabilities," said Golisano, the foundation’s chairman and founder. “It is important that we thank and recognize those who are setting the standard and leading the way to help people with intellectual disabilities realize their potential and live life with dignity.

“By shining a light on their innovative work and deep commitment we also hope that others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps."

The 2015 Move to Include Awards will be presented to the following individuals:

  • Julie Christensen, director of employment programs for the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities;
  • Rick Guidotti, founder and director of Positive Exposure;
  • Daniel Meyers, president of Al Sigl Community of Agencies;
  • Martha Mock, associate professor and director, Institute for Innovative Transition at the UR’s Warner School of Education;
  • Joseph Ruffolo, president and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center; and
  • Shirley Szekeres, director of the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College, professor of speech-language pathology and former dean of the School of Health and Human Services.

The event also honors Golisano, who this year reached a milestone of $250 million in total lifetime giving.

For more information on the 30th anniversary of the foundation see the October 10 edition of the Rochester Business Journal.

(c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

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