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Annual Community Champions Gala

We invite you to join in the celebration as MVCAA’s Board of Directors hosts its 54th  Anniversary Gala, Unmasking Poverty, Friday, May 1st, 6-10 pm at Valentino's, New Hartford.  Join us in supporting and celebrating our 2020 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.  


May 1st 6-10pm at Valentino's Banquet Hall, New Hartford


Individual $75

NEW Couples $130

Premium Complimentary Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres at 6pm

Award Ceremony at 7pm

Dinner and Dancing 7:30-10pm


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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