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Annual Community Champions Gala


Due to the current health crisis, MVCAA has made the difficult decision to postpone the Gala, Unmasking Poverty.  We will honor our Community Champions, and we will share our accomplishments in full voice together soon!  We thank all of those who supported us throughout the year, and we wish you and your families good health!






2020 Community Champion Sponsors


    Community Builders:

NBT Bank

New York State Weatherization Directors Association



2020 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 Recipient: Ms. 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 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 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 Recipients:  Shi'Ayla Watson; Tekia Williams

Past Winners

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



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