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Celebrating Community

By on April 11, 2018
Sarah Lentini, Greece Regional Chamber President/CEO

Sarah Lentini, Greece Regional Chamber President/CEO

We are all connected and our relationships to one another give us strength, joy, and a shared identity. 2018 marks the 33rd year of the Greece Regional Chamber’s annual Community Awards Gala, a celebration of a very broad range of people and organizations whose excellence and generosity have contributed significantly to our connected sense of time and place.

This year, we are recognizing a truly exceptional group of honorees:

33rd Annual Community Awards

Exceptional Individuals

•Business Person of the Year

Sharon Quataert – Sharon Quataert Realty

•Girlie Goodwin Citizen of the Year

Shirley Munson – Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf

•First Responder of the Year

Chris Bennett, Lieutenant (Retired) – Barnard Fire Department

•Thomas E. Schommer Spirit of the Chamber Award

Hon. Joseph E. Robach – New York State Senator

William E. Selke Senior Citizen of the Year

Barbara Cuthbert – Northwest AARP

Young Professional of the Year

Letty Laskowski, Esq. – Harris, Chesworth, Johnstone & Welch LLP

In Memoriam

Special Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award

Eileen Coyle – Monroe Ambulance

Special Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award

Daniel E. Richardson – Braddock Bay Tavern & Grill

Outstanding Individuals, Organizations or Projects

Arts & Culture Award

James Montanus – Montanus Photography

Building Awards

Transformation of Existing Space

RE/MAX Plus – 2850 W. Ridge Road, Rochester, NY

Ruby Gordon Home – 140 Greece Ridge Center Drive, Rochester, NY

Education Award

Kathleen Graupman, Superintendent – Greece Central School District

Environment Award

Eagle Scouts and Eagle Scout Program, Seneca Waterways Council – Boy Scouts of America

Health Award

Episcopal SeniorLife Communities

History Award

William Sauers – Greece Historical Society & Museum

I want to thank the Chamber’s Community Awards Committee, comprised of volunteers from our membership, for their outstanding work in selecting this year’s awardees. I also want to thank all of our sponsors and partners, with very special thanks to Presenting Sponsor A Christina Breen-Hale State Farm Agent for her continued generosity and critical support and to 13 WHAM ABC News Anchor Doug Emblidge for joining us for a 33rd year as our Master of Ceremonies.

The 33rd Annual Community Awards Gala takes place Thursday, April 26th, at the Rochester Marriott Hotel, starting with a 6:00 pm reception and social hour, followed by a sumptuous served dinner and awards program. Anyone wishing to support this event by purchasing a ticket or a table, sponsoring the event, and/or placing an ad in the event program book, can call the Chamber at (585) 227-7272 or visit

Please join us in celebrating the extraordinary individuals who bring us together and have contributed so much to create our vibrant, caring, and strong community.

Column by Sarah Lentini, Greece Regional Chamber President/CEO

Photo by John Retallack