Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Community changemakers honored at annual Wavemaker Celebration  

Causewave Community Partners’ Wavemaker Celebration honored local volunteers, companies and initiatives with signature awards Thursday night, highlighting those in the community who are making a difference.  

Causewave Community PartnersMembers from the nonprofit, marketing, government and corporate sectors attended the event at the Arbor at the Port. 

The award winners are: 

  • Martha Bush, recently retired chief marketing officer at Foodlink, who received the Lantern Award in recognition for her individual volunteer effort has been given each year since 1978; 
  • The Credit Union Collective (Reliant, Pittsford and Summit Federal Credit Unions) received the Beacon Award, in recognition for their long-standing and significant financial and volunteer support to Causewave, especially for their sponsorship of the Matchstick Prize; 
  • The AMPED: Go All Electric Coalition that works with organizations to upgrade to clean, fossil-free electricity received the W. B. Potter Founder’s Award, recognizing a results-oriented collaborative initiative that both fills a community need and serves as a role model for other partnerships; 
  • Alyssa Belasco, executive director at NY Kitchen, received the Spark Award, honoring an individual age 40 or under who has used their role as a Causewave volunteer to serve as a catalyst for positive change; 
  • The Greater Rochester Health Foundation received the Chairman’s Award, which honors a business who has performed remarkable acts to support Causewave’s mission, and 
  • John Geraci, president of CRUX Research, received the Legacy Award, which was created as part of Causewave’s 50th anniversary celebration, in 2001, to recognize former Lantern Award winners who have continued to demonstrate extraordinary commitment to the organization. 

Causewave – which was founded as the Advertising Council of Rochester in 1950 – collaborates with more than 200 nonprofits each year through programs focused on building individual nonprofit capacity and community-level response to a wide range of community issues from traffic safety to child sexual abuse prevention. 

[email protected] / (585) 653-4021