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2020/21 Community Champion Award Winners

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.


2020/21 Recipient:  Kelly Walters

Past Winners

David Mathis ~ Steve Darman ~ 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.


2020/21 Recipients:  Daniel & Jaime Mendez, Franco's Pizza Ilion;
Jeremy & Amy Aceto, Franco's Pizza North Utica

Past Winners

Dr. Joanne Joseph & Dr. Veronica Tichenor, SUNY Polytechnic Institute ~ St. John the Evangelist Church, Fr. Kevin Bunger & Dick Vetere ~

UPD:  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.


2020/21 Recipients:  Edward & Otha Jackson

Past Winners

Bill Phillips ~ Alicia Mroz ~ Teoka Muhammad ~ 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.


2020/21 Recipients:  Shi'Ayla Watson; Tekia Williams

Past Winners

Frances Davis ~ Jessica Mosca ~ Henrietta Osew ~ Sefija Kajtezovic ~ Wah Wah Moses

Community Ambassador Award - Presented to an individual, group or business that has worked proactively to create a community of inclusivity and equity for all individuals.


2020/21 Recipient:  Venice Ervin

Inaugural Presentation

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