We invite you to join in the celebration as MVCAA’s Board of Directors hosts its 51st Anniversary Gala, Friday, May 12th, 6-10 pm at Hart’s Hill Inn, Whitesboro. Join us in supporting and celebrating our 2017 Community Champions. Each year since 2005 MVCAA has honored those individuals, organizations and businesses in our community who are working to help move families out of poverty by creating, sustaining or advocating for opportunities for low-income families. The Community Champions Awards celebrate these accomplishments and allows us to thank them for all of their hard work.
We invite you to consider showing your support of Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, all the families in our community, as well as, the award winners and their work by sponsoring the Gala. Sponsorship levels and additional benefits are listed here.
Community Champion Awards
Treva Wood Community Activist - Presented to an individual who has dedicated themselves to fight for the empowerment of the low-income members of our community. This individual works tirelessly for the rights and the opportunities for success of each individual.
2017 Recipient: John Furman
Rev. Maritza Perez ~ Catherine Bullwinkle ~ Lucille Soldato ~ Rev. Dr. Maria Scates ~ Jawwaad Rasheed ~ Ray Lenarcic ~ Dr. Charles Burns, DDS ~ Matt Miller ~ Harry Bilton ~ Rose White ~ Warren Molo ~ Herbert Thorpe
Community Builder - This award is given to a business or group that has contributed unselfishly to the betterment of our community. This business/group is involved in the local community and committed to making a difference.
2017 Reipient: Utica Police Department: Adopt a Police Officer Program
Timothy Seymour ~ Delores Caruso ~ Thomas Revels ~ Mohawk Valley EDGE ~ Dennis Surace ~ Stephen Zogby ~ NYS Troop D Zone 1 ~ Kathleen Rinaldo ~ Craig Grant ~ Laura Vieira-Suarez ~ Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
Community Visionary - This award is given to an individual who has contributed unselfishly to the betterment of our community as a whole, and works toward the goal of ending poverty in our community.
2017 Recipient: Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi
Alice J. Savino ~ The Hon. Anthony Picente ~ Rocco Arcuri ~ Dr. Randall VanWagoner ~ Craig Minor ~ RoAnn Destito ~ Rev. Philip Hearn ~ Jacquiline Schmidt ~ Rev. Bruce Webster
Community Achiever Award - Presented to a family or individual who has overcome poverty to become an active member of the community. This family/individual has met their challenges with confidence, sought guidance and support, and is now actively creating a better life for their family and giving back to their community.
2017 Recipient: Wah Wah Moses