Congratulations to the award winners saluted as the Rome Community Foundation hosted its Community Celebration last week at the Capitol Arts Complex to mark the foundation’s 20th anniversary.
Kelly Walters, of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, was the winner of the Richard H. McMahon Governance Award, and the center received a $5,000 grant from the Foundation. A second McMahon Governance was given to Ed Davis of the Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Department received a check for $1,000 as part of the award.
More than 220 attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.
Among other highlights of the program was a video by Rick Lewis of the Capitol, featuring vignettes by several area non-profit leaders telling how the Rome Community Foundation has assisted them. Among the agencies featured included Rome Memorial Hospital, Jervis Public Library, the Rome Art and Community Center, the Capitol Arts Complex and the YMCA of the Tri-Valley.
The video was followed by remarks by Rome Community Foundation President David Grow.
In addition, Special McMahon Governance Awards were awarded to Fred Normand (posthumously) and Rev. Phillip Hearn for their exceptional service to the Rome Community Theatre and Copper City Connection respectively and for serving on the Board of Directors of the Rome Community Foundation. Kristen Stanton, daughter of Fred Normand, accepted the award. Both organizations received checks for $500.
The Rome Community Foundation is an important entity in the Rome area. Established in 1999 to address the capital needs of community non-profits in the Greater Rome area the foundation has in excess of $6 million under professional management and the interest from those investments is used to issue grants on a quarterly basis at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
If you’re interested in contributing, donations to the Rome Community Foundation are tax-deductible and can be sent to PO Box 609, Rome, NY 13442-0609. For information on how to donate or to apply for grants, visit www.romecommunityfoundation.org.