Rome Community Foundation to mark 20th anniversary


The Rome Community Foundation will host a Community Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to mark its 20th anniversary.

The event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Arts Complex.

A reception catered by Chimo’s will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., featuring wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

Entertainment will be provided by the Andrea Falvo Trio. The event is free and open to the public and door prizes will be awarded.

The program portion will feature the presentation of the Foundation’s Richard H. McMahon Governance Award.

Thirty-two Rome area non-profits submitted nominations for board members or trustees who made a significant impact to the organization’s success.

The winner of the McMahon Award will be announced at the event and the nominating organization will receive a $5,000 grant from the Foundation.

A second individual will also be recognized and their organization will receive a $1,000 grant. In addition, each organization that submitted a nomination will receive a $200 grant.

Special McMahon Awards will be presented to Fred Normand (posthumously) and Rev. Phillip Hearn for their exceptional service to the Rome Community Theatre and the Copper City Connection respectively.

Rick Weltz of WKAL will be the emcee.

Reservations can be made through the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce by emailing or calling 315-337-1700. The reservation deadline is October 18.

The Rome Community Foundation was established in 1999 to address the capital needs of community non-profits in the Rome area. The Foundation has in excess of $6 million under professional management and the interest from those investments are used to issue grants on a quarterly basis at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The officers of the Foundation are David Grow, president; David Engelbert and Lynn Rosen, vice presidents; Robert Ritz, treasurer; and Julie Grow Denton, secretary. Victor Fariello is executive director.

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.romecommunity


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