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8/7/2015 – Three Community Leaders to be Honored at October 4 Brunch

Three community leaders with distinct avenues of community service will be honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation at its annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Saratoga Springs City Center.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Philip Klein, assistant vice president of insurance at The Adirondack Trust Company, a past member of the Saratoga Springs Planning Board, a former Saratoga County Supervisor, and community volunteer through numerous organizations
  • The Reverend John (Jay) Ekman, who was the pastor of Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2013
  • Judy Ekman, retired executive director of The Prevention Council, where she worked from 1979 to 2009

Past honorees of this annual event include individuals with exemplary commitment to education and community:

2014
Joseph Dalton
Heather Mabee
Lew and Pat Titterton

2013
Sonny and Julie Bonacio
Barbara Messier
TJ Tracey

2012
Jeannette Jordan
Libby Smith-Holmes

2011
Alphonse Lambert
Marcia White

2010
Richard Johns
Tom Roohan

2009
Bill and Susan Dake
Marie Glotzbach
Ed Lewi
Beatrice Sweeney
Julie Van Dusen

2008
Lt. Col. (retired) Clarence Dart
Nan Guslander
Professor Tom Lewis

2007
Dr. John E. MacFadden
Michael J. Toohey
Charles V. Wait

2006
David Andersen
Charles and Kathy DiSanto
Henry and Alayne Trombley

2005
Maureen Hannigan LaBelle
A.C. Riley
Julia S. Stokes

2004
Norman M. Fox
Charles Kuenzel
Dolores (Dee) Sarno

2003
J. Michael Gonroff
Anne T. Palamountain
Linda G. Toohey

2002
Michael J. Hewitt
James A. Murphy, III
Jane Adams Wait

2001
Dennis M. Brunelle
Philly Dake
David Patterson

2000
Phyllis Aldrich
Dr. David H. Porter
Stephen F. Sullivan

 

6/3/2015 – $53,000 in Rotary Scholarship Awards for 12 Local Students

2015 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients with Rotary Leaders

2015 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients with Rotary Leaders

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $53,000 in scholarships to twelve area students. Zachary Kircher, a Saratoga Springs High School senior who will attend University of Maryland and study Biomedical Science, received the Club’s $20,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $5,000 for each of four years of college.

Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating leadership skills, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and service to the school and/or community, with consideration given to financial need.

Before presenting the awards, Stephen Kyne, the Chair of the Rotary Club’s scholarship committee, thanked the businesses and individuals who had made donations to the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. He also noted that the Rotary Club’s annual Home & Lifestyle Show contributes significantly to the scholarship fund each year.

The Club presented its Alfred Z. Solomon Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 to Jack McCarthy, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who plans to study Public Relations at Syracuse University in the fall.

Ian Frey, who will pursue Physics at Dartmouth College, received an award of $5,500 in memory of the late Philly Dake.

Other students who received scholarships of between $2,500 and $3,000 are:

  • Keenan Wright-Sanson, to attend The National Circus School in Montreal (Contemporary Circus Entrepeneur/Director)
  • Joshua Pikus, to attend Northeastern University (International Business)
  • Lillian Doern, to attend Drexel University (Fashion Design)
  • Quinn Carlson, to attend St. Lawrence University (Neuroscience)
  • Johanna Gangi, to University of Rochester (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Theresa Starnes, to attend Cornell University (Computer Engineering)
  • Serena Egan, to attend Northeastern University (Economics/Music)
  • Tyler Ruhle, to attend Marist College (Criminal Justice)
  • Liana Sinnott, to attend Virginia Polytech Institute of Technology (Business/Officer in U.S. Army)

Read The Saratogian‘s coverage here.

10/21/2014 – Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation Honors Four Local Leaders 

Honorees Joseph Dalton, Lew and Pat Titterton, and Heather Mabee stand with Education Foundation President Greg Grieco

Honorees Joseph Dalton, Lew and Pat Titterton, and Heather Mabee stand with Education Foundation President Greg Grieco

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation presented four local leaders with Community Service Awards at its annual fundraising brunch Sunday, October 19, at the City Center.

The four honorees were Lewis and Pat Titterton of Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar; local community volunteer leader, Heather Mabee; and former Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce president, Joseph Dalton. All four honorees have been active and integral members in supporting various community organizations.

The funds raised through the brunch help build the foundation’s endowment enabling it to provide the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club with more than $45,000 annually in scholarships for college and post-secondary vocational education to students attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.

The catering services for the 200+ guests at the brunch were donated by Longfellow’s restaurant, with numerous area businesses and individuals providing products and services for the silent auction.

Read The Saratogian‘s coverage here.

 

6/11/2014 – $50,250 in Rotary Scholarship Awards for Local Students 

IMG_2710The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $50,250 in scholarships to twelve area students at its June 11, 2014 luncheon. Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating leadership skills, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and service to the school and/or community, with consideration given to financial need.

Before presenting the awards, Jill Robbins, the Chair of the Rotary Club’s scholarship committee, thanked the businesses and individuals who had made donations to the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. She also noted that the Rotary Club’s annual Home & Lifestyle Show contributes significantly to the scholarship fund each year.

Awards
Scott Krulcik, a Saratoga Springs High School senior who will attend Carnegie Mellon University to study computer science, received the Club’s $16,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $4,000 for each of his four years of college.

The Club presented its Alfred Z. Solomon Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 to Nicholas Stiansen, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School who plans to study bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Kayleah Griffen of Saratoga Springs High School, who will pursue engineering at Worcester Polytech Institute, received an award of $5,500 in memory of the late Philly Dake.

Nine other students received scholarships of between $2,500 and $3,000:

Saratoga Central Catholic School
Michael Angelini, Catholic University of America (architecture/civil engineering)

Saratoga Springs High School
Calvin Beckwith, Cornell University (biometry/statistics)
Elizabeth Bouyea, Marist College (studio art)
Avram Durling, Yale University (physics/economics)
Leah Hite, Dartmouth College (chemistry/pre-med)
Trevor Kowalski, Boston University (music composition)
Devin Towne, Sacred Heart University (physical therapy)

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs
Fiona Craig, Marlboro College (philosophy/English)
Alexander Lawson, Connecticut College (physics)

10/20/2013 – Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation Honors Four Local Leaders at 2013 Annual Fundraising Brunch and Community Service Awards

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation recently presented four local leaders with Community Service Awards at its annual fundraising brunch.

Brunch honorees Sonny & Julie Bonacio, Barbara Messier, and TJ Tracey with Rotary Education Foundation President, Greg Grieco

Brunch honorees Sonny & Julie Bonacio, Barbara Messier, and TJ Tracey with Rotary Education Foundation President, Greg Grieco

Julie and Sonny Bonacio of Bonacio Construction, Lake Avenue School Principal Barbara Messier and Maple Avenue Middle School seventh-grader T.J. Tracey received honors at the brunch October 20 at the City Center.

All four honorees have been active and integral members in supporting various community organizations.

Charles Wait, Sr. accepts the Lifetime Achievement award as his son, Charles Wait Jr., looks on

Charles Wait, Sr. accepts the Lifetime Achievement award as his son, Charles Wait Jr., looks on

Also at the event, Jane Wait was honored for her ongoing support of the Education Foundation, and Charles Wait Sr. was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by his son, Charles Wait Jr.

The funds raised through the brunch build the foundation’s endowment, enabling it to provide the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club with approximately $45,000 annually in scholarships for college and post-secondary vocational education to students attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.

Applications for next spring’s Rotary Club scholarships may be obtained here or at the school’s guidance offices.

 

 

 

 

5/29/2013 – Twelve Local Students Receive $48,000 in Rotary Scholarships

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $48,000 in scholarships to twelve area students at its May 29 luncheon.

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Isabelle O’Donnell, of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, received the $16,000 Presidential Scholarship, which will provide $4,000 for each of her four years of college. The Alfred Z. Solomon scholarship of $5,000 was given to John Towers, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School. The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation provides the funding for the scholarships.

Read more in this article from The Saratogian.

 

11/5/2012 – Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation Honors Jeannette Jordan and Libby Smith-Holmes at 2012 Annual Fundraising Brunch and Community Service Awards

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation presented two local women with Community Service Awards at its thirteenth annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, October 21 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Greg Grieco, President of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation, congratulates honorees Jeannette Jordan and Libby Smith-Holmes on their Community Service awards

Greg Grieco, President of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation, congratulates honorees Jeannette Jordan and Libby Smith-Holmes on their Community Service awards

The two honorees were Jeannette Jordan, former features editor and society columnist at The Saratogian, and Libby Smith-Holmes, previously a writer, editor, and program manager for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s water program. Both women have also been active volunteers in numerous community organizations.

The brunch also acknowledged the generosity of two other outstanding community-minded women, Anne Palamountain and Jane Adams Wait.

Read coverage of the event by The Saratogian’s Toga Tattlers, the blog post of Jeannette Jordan, or see photos in The Saratogian.

 

6/6/2012 – Eleven Local Students Receive $45,050 in Rotary Scholarships

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $45,050 in scholarships to eleven area students at its June 6 luncheon. The recipients were among 63 students who applied for the scholarships.

Read more in this article from The Saratogian.

 

10/30/2011 Marcia White and Alphonse Lambert Honored at Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation’s Annual Brunch on October 30, 2011

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation honored Marcia White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Alphonse Lambert, Athletic Director, Head Coach, and Physical Education teacher at Saratoga Central Catholic High School, at its twelfth annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Marcia White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center and a 2011 Community Service Award honoree, is congratulated by Rotarian and Foundation Board member Florence Andresen, the organizer of the event.

Marcia White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center and a 2011 Community Service Award honoree, is congratulated by Rotarian and Foundation Board member Florence Andresen, the organizer of the event.

The brunch raises funds to provide substantial scholarships for college and post-secondary vocational education to local students and honors citizens who contribute to education and community service in Saratoga Springs. The sumptuous food for the brunch is donated by Longfellows Restaurant, with numerous other area businesses and individuals providing products and services for the Silent Auction.

Alphonse Lambert, joined by his wife and son, called his son his "biggest hero."

Alphonse Lambert, joined by his wife and son, called his son his “biggest hero.”

Mr. Lambert was introduced by Spa Catholic’s Principal, Stephen Lombard, who told several humorous anecdotes about his longtime friend.

Ms. White was ushered to the stage for her remarks by an introduction from SPAC’s Director of Marketing, Shane Williams-Ness, who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar many years ago.

In their comments as they accepted the awards, both honorees emphasized the importance of the Saratoga community in their work, and recognized the talents of the Foundation’s brunch director, Florence Andresen.

After the honorees’ remarks, Greg Grieco, the Foundation’s Vice President and master of ceremonies for the brunch, made two special presentations.

First, he recognized Rotarian Vic Cinquino, one of the founders of the Foundation in 1997, who has retired from its Board of Directors. Greg also noted the recent generosity of Carol Cudney, who made a generous gift to the Foundation in honor of her late husband, longtime Saratoga Rotarian Jim Cudney.

In addition to its two principal honorees, the Foundation gave special recognition to three individuals at the 2011 brunch: Victor Cinquino, one of the organization's founding members; Carol Cudney, who recently gave a very generous contribution to the Foundation in memory of her late husband, James Cudney; and Travis McGrath, a 2011 graduate of Bard College and recipient of the Saratoga Rotary Presidential Scholarship in 2007.

In addition to its two principal honorees, the Foundation gave special recognition to three individuals at the 2011 brunch: Victor Cinquino, Carol Cudney, and Travis McGrath.

Towards the end of the program, recent Saratoga Rotary Presidential Scholarship recipient Travis McGrath, who graduated from Bard College in 2011, thanked the Foundation and the Club for their support in achieving his educational goals.

The brunch ended with songs by the Skidmore Dynamics, an a cappella singing group from the college.

As the guests picked up their silent auction items and prepared to depart, Rotarian and author Sam Aldrich signed copies of his new book at the checkout table.

 

6/24/2011 14 Local Students Receive $48,000 in Rotary Scholarships

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awarded $48,000 of scholarships in June to 14 area high school students with funding provided by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation. The 14 recipients were chosen from 75 applicants.

(Read more at http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/06/15/life/doc4df76601bafa0401919235.txt)

11/9/2010 Richard Johns and Tom Roohan Honored at Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation’s Annual Brunch on October 31

(Read more at http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/11/09/life/doc4cd8ca468743b300321924.txt)

6/20/2010 Thirteen Local Students Receive $45,000 in Scholarships from Saratoga Springs Rotary Club and Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation

(Read more at http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2010/06/15/life/doc4c16ec9399d0d249385641.txt)

11/10/2009 Six Community Leaders Honored by Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation at Annual Fundraiser

(Read more at http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2009/11/03/life/doc4aefb3526de3b425683294.txt)

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