Rochester Area Community Foundation holds annual awards luncheon
Posted at: 09/19/2012 2:35 PM
The Rochester Area Community Foundation kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration by revealing a big secret at the 2012 Philanthropy Awards and Annual Report to Community Luncheon.
The secret was revealed that Ronald Fielding of Pittsford and his late wife, Donna, were the anonymous donors who gave $14 million to the foundation in December 2001, the largest gift in the foundation’s history. The gift created a fund at the Community Foundation for their personal charitable giving. The fund has awarded 165 grants, totaling more than $17 million.
In addition to Fielding, Janet Buchanan Smith of Ontario, Wayne County, and Margaret Sánchez of Rochester, were honored with 2012 Philanthropy Awards. Sánchez, a former board chair of the Community Foundation, received the Joe U. Posner Founders Award.
Lifespan of Greater Rochester received the Ames-Amzalak Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which included a grant of $10,000.
Because of the special anniversary year, the Community Foundation also honored two longtime volunteer organizers of its 30-year-old An Evening Out At Home gala. Diana Lauria of Walworth, Wayne County, and Esel Rasor of Pittsford were recognized for 25 years of helping to make the annual fundraising event a great success by recruiting community leaders, friends and others to host dinners in their homes.