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2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Dan Draper

March 30, 2018 01:28 PM

All week we will be honoring this year’s ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. Today we take a look at a man who's helping hundreds of thousands of kids, nationwide.

Dan Draper has always donated his time. “I started volunteering pretty early. My mother was great at that.”

He was brought to Rochester as a Kodak engineer and after that, he co-founded a consulting group specializing in marketing strategies, literally turning businesses around for the better.

He wanted to use that talent to help others. He said, “I looked for a problem that really needed to be solved and young people education is really a problem.”

Which brought him to The Children's Institute. Dan started five years ago and spends 10 to 20 hours a week here.

Children's Institute Executive Director Dick Hightower said, “He changed the way we started working. Instead of figuring out what we could do and what we're good at, we started going to the customer, finding out what they need and what they can benefit from.”

Information that has helped this non-profit succeed. “As we speak today, one of our programs has had a cumulative impact of about 600,000.” And they’re not stopping there as there’s no slowing down Dan Draper. Hightower said, “He doesn't recognize how much he has contributed.”

Congratulations Dan Draper!

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