Donors honored at 3rd annual TRC Foundation Celebration

The generosity of our community enables The Resource Center and TRC Foundation to pursue their missions of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.  An event was held recently to honor those who are committed to financially supporting the organizations’ work.

The third annual TRC Foundation Celebration was held March 26 at The Resource Center’s Administrative Offices on Dunham Avenue in Celoron.  More than 70 people attended the event, which saw TRC Foundation recognize individuals and businesses that, during 2014, achieved milestone levels of cumulative financial contributions to TRC Foundation, The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, Inc.

Denise Jones, The Resource Center’s newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, welcomed audience members to the event.  She noted that TRC Foundation’s current assets stand at about $2.1 million, an amount that will make it possible for the Foundation to award $80,000 in grants this year.

Several short videos were shown that depicted how TRC Foundation dollars make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.  Those videos showed that during 2014, TRC Foundation grants were used to:

  • Buy a bicycle for a teen-age boy who wanted to improve his physical health.
  • Purchase needed materials for a girl in a Brownie troop.
  • Help The Resource Center’s Occupational Therapy Department buy a piece of equipment that can improve the cognitive functioning of individuals with traumatic brain injury and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Purchase bells and sheet music so that individuals with intellectual disabiliyies at TRC could form a handbell choir.
  • Support The Resource Center’s STARS capital campaign.

Those honored for reaching milestone levels of financial support in 2014 were:

Filling the Gap, Inc.
Lake Shore Savings

Johnson Foundation

Brown & Brown of New York
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Premier Consulting Associates
UBS Financial Services
United Refining Company

Alstar EMS
Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates

James and Laurie Allen
R. Michael Goldman, Attorney
M&T Bank
National Fire Adjustment Company
Phillips Lytle, LLP
Weber Knapp Company
Wright, Wright & Hampton

Chautauqua Resources, Inc.
Fancher Chair Company
HM Insurance Group
Independent Health
Lakewood Rod & Gun Club

New Vision Services, Inc.

Allied Alarm
Courier Capital Corporation
Salon One
Sandee’s Bakery
Allen Short, CLU
Shults Management Company
Vineyard Group
Jim White’s Truck & Auto Center

Jamestown Cycle Shop
Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1681
Silver Lake Partners
Andrea Tramuto

Thomas Altweis
Mary Andrews
Theodore Bogdan
Ellen Dingledy
R. Michael Goldman, Esq.
John Hamilton
Casmir Krauza
Stephen Lindquist
Thomas McConnon
Chuck McGowan
Robert Moore
W. Clark Poppleton
Donald Reed
Dale Robbins, Esq.
Carol Svensen
Bradley Van Riper
Robert White
Gary Yager

Contributors at the $25,000 level and above received paintings made by individuals with disabilities in TRC’s “Creations” art program.  Contributors at the $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 levels each received a trophy.  Contributors at the $2,500 level received a plaque, while $2,500 contributors were given a certificate and a pen-and-pencil set.  Contributors at the $1,000 levels received a certificate.

By virtue of their level of contributions, all of the individuals and businesses recognized are members of “The Legacy Circle” that was established by TRC Foundation to honor those who have reached significant levels of giving.  The Legacy Circle was created from the realization that consistent periodic or annual giving provides a contribution that, over time, grows into a significant legacy that will support individuals with disabilities for years to come.

In addition to the donor recognition, two individual awards were presented.  United Refining Company received the Carl Cappa Humanitarian of the Year Award for its ongoing support of the annual Laurel Run event.  For the past 12 years, United Refining has sold paper sneaker cutouts at its Kwik Fill and Red Apple Food Mart locations, generating more than $40,000 for Laurel Run.

Suzette Smith, Assistant Director of Finance at The Resource Center, received the Special Event Volunteer of the Year Award for her efforts in organizing a motorcycle dice run each year in support of Laurel Run.

The final honor bestowed at the Celebration was unveiled by Todd Frangione, Quality Control Manager for Allied Industries, The Resource Center’s manufacturing and employment division.  Todd recently became the Chair of the steering committee for the TRC Golf Classic, assuming the leadership reins from Gregg Bender, who us preparing to retire as TRC’s Director of Business Operations.  With Gregg as the chair of the steering committee for the first 18 years, the TRC Golf Classic netted about $1,4 million.  In tribute to Gregg, the trophy presented to the winning team at the tournament has been renamed The Gregg Bender Cup.

The TRC Foundation Celebration was catered by Miley’s.  Dinner was preceded by a social hour featuring music performed by Carol Svensen and Curtis Barnes.

The Celebration was organized by Victoria Trass Bardo with support from Cindy Phillips, Kayla Bohall, Chris Anderson, and Mary Johnson.  Steve Waterson was the master of ceremonies.  Jane Young was the official photographer.  Awards were presented by Dr. Todd Jacobson, the Chair of The Resource Center’s Board of Directors; Mark Olson, the Vice Chair of TRC Foundation’s Board; and Marie Carrubba, Esq., a member of The Resource Center’s Board, with support from TRC service recipients Jennifer Felice, Maria Jacobson and Jocelyn Monaco.  Closing remarks were given by Dr. Harry Glatz, a member of TRC Foundation’s Board.

Click here to make a donation to TRC Foundation in honor of one or more of the award recipients.

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