28TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE

In November 2017 at the Kodak Center, MCC Foundation supporters and community members honored Sandy Parker and John “Dutch” Summers’ leadership and philanthropy with the awarding of the prestigious Salute to Excellence award. 

Honorary Chair Michael S. Weed, president of Graywood Companies, along with Committee Chair Sergio Esteban, chief executive officer of LaBella Associates, D.P.C., led the extraordinary celebration, raising more than $50,000 (net) to support student success and program excellence at MCC. 

Sandy and Dutch’s philanthropy through the Summers Foundation includes inspiring students at the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men to study Precision Machining or Construction Technology at MCC. UPrep students and faculty were among the nearly 400 guests who attended the event.

The evening also recognized outstanding alumni Christopher Collins ʼ79, Gladys Pedraza-Burgos ʼ91, Barbara Deane-Williams ʼ75 and Joseph L. Wesley ʼ83 (pictured below), who were inducted into the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame. Representatives of Gold and Silver Benefactors—Eastman Business Park, Avangrid Foundation, Corning Incorporated, Dixon Schwabl, BME Associates, Cannon Industries, CMI Communications, the DiMarco Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Konar Properties, M&T Bank, Rochester Institute of Technology and Woods Oviatt Gilman—helped introduce the inductees and present the awards.

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BENEFACTORS

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Olivia & David A. '73 Cornell

Cynthia Gilman

Ken & Pamela Hines

Monroe Community College Association

Professor Karen L. Morris

Diane L. Shoger & Timothy M. Coughlin

Jeffrey & Lyn Springut

Charlene Suter

SWBR Architects

Charis & Richard S. '68 Warshof

Dr. Alice Holloway Young

 

CONTRIBUTORS

Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Briggs

Century Liquor & Wines

CloudDOCX

Philip Kellogg '81

Mr. Joseph P. Marron

Mr. John J. Murphy IV

Ashwin & Rashmi Shah

Grace Tillinghast

Stella & Clayton Wiley

Anonymous

GOLD

Avangrid Foundation and RG&E

Corning Incorporated Foundation

Dixon Schwabl

Eastman Business Park

Summers Foundation

 

SILVER

BME Associates

Cannon Industries, Inc.

CMI Communications

The DiMarco Group, LLC

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Konar Properties

M&T Bank

Rochester Institute of Technology

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

 

BRONZE

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

M/E Engineering, P.C.

Dr. Michael & Eloise Myers

Wegmans Food Markets

 

PATRON TABLES

EFPR Group

Davie Kaplan, CPA, P.C.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

ESL Charitable Foundation

LiDestri Foods Inc.

Rochester City School District

 


20TH ANNUAL GOLD STAR GALA

Gold Star Intergalactic Planetary Ambassadors Ball

In April 2018, the MCC Foundation’s 20th Annual Gold Star Gala, the Gold Star Intergalactic Planetary Ambassadors Ball presented by M&T Bank, raised more than $290,000 (net) for student success and program excellence at MCC. Guests went on an out-of-this-world journey that turned The Country Club of Rochester into an otherworldly place. 

Lead underwriters included M&T Bank, Dixon Schwabl, CMI Communications, Cornell’s Jewelers, the DiMarco Group, Robin ’80 and Timothy ʼ80 Wentworth, the Louis S. & Molly B. Wolk Foundation and Xerox Corporation. The event surpassed its goal thanks to generous supporters and volunteers, including Honorary Chairs Susan and John DiMarco II and Katy and Joel DiMarco, who invited guests to a challenge resulting in a record-breaking scholarship call! Committee Chairs Nellie and Wade Hedegard and Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer, along with celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge (13WHAM), made sure the event was memorable and impactful for all.

 
  Celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge was joined by MCC Foundation scholarship recipient Alicia Kuligowski, Class of 2019, for an inspiring scholarship call.

Celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge was joined by MCC Foundation scholarship recipient Alicia Kuligowski, Class of 2019, for an inspiring scholarship call.

TITLE UNDERWRITER

M&T Bank

The DiMarco Group, LLC

 

PLANETARY PROTECTORS

Dixon Schwabl

 

EXTRATERRESTRIAL EXPLORERS

Xerox Corporation

Robin ’80 & Timothy ’80 Wentworth

 

SOLAR SQUADRON

Baldwin Richardson Foods Co

CMI Communications

Cornell’s Jewelers

del Lago Resort and Casino

Monro Inc

COSMIC CADETS

The Bonadio Group

Corning Incorporated Foundation

Constellation Brands

Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Konar Properties

LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

Manning Squires Hennig Co.

M/E Engineering, P.C.

Premium Mortgage Corporation

Royal Oak Realty Trust

SWBR Architects

Wegmans Food Markets

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

LUNAR LAUNCHES

Carmen & John Allen

Bergmann Associates

Billitier Electric

Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Essie Calhoun-McDavid & Bernard McDavid

Olivia & David A. '73 Cornell

Dan & Shannon Cunniffe

Davie Kaplan, CPA, P.C.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Howard Hanna

Ken & Pamela Hines

Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation

James & Holly Nobles

Paychex, Inc.

Rochester Red Wings

Mark Siwiec & Duffy Palmer

Zweigle's Inc.

CONTRIBUTORS

Admar Supply Company, Inc.

Canfield & Track Printing

Constellation Brands, Inc.

John L. DiMarco, II

Monro, Inc.

Optimax Systems, Inc.

Jeffrey & Lyn Springut

Grace Tillinghast

Drs. Ingrid and Brian Watkins

 

GIFTS IN KIND

Arena's Florist

Bar Bantam

Blue Apple Productions

Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc.

Bristol Mountain

Century Liquor & Wines

Cornell’s Jewelers

Dado Boutique

del Lago Resort and Casino

Dixon Schwabl

E.J. Del Monte Corporation

John L. DiMarco, II

Driphouse

Geva Theatre Center

Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes

Iron Smoke Distillery

Kindred Fare

Lakeview Valet

Diana M. Lauria

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

Professor Karen L. Morris

NEAT Method

Next Door Bar & Grill

NY Wine & Culinary Center

Portage Tours

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Root Catering

Scott Miller

Simcona Electronics Corp.

Small Fry Art Studio

Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club

Strathallan - Double Tree by Hilton

Wilmorite Management Group


34th Annual Scholarship Open

At the MCC Foundation’s 34th Annual Scholarship Open in June 2018, golfers played the West Course at the historic Oak Hill Country Club. Tom Gears, president of SWBR Architects and Foundation Director Rick Brienzi ʼ79 served as tournament co-chairs. The event raised an impressive total of $114,000 (net) for MCC students. The celebrated success of the event was thanks to leadership support from Gold sponsors Cannon Industries and the DiMarco Group. 

Golfers heard from Jon Dretto ʼ18, a Wentworth Family Scholar who credits MCC for preparing him for continuing his education at Nazareth College. Jon never thought “college graduate” would be the name of a chapter in his life. He’s now about to have two chapters devoted to higher education.  Jon’s remarks were the inspiration behind guests raising nearly $40,000 in the traditional scholarship call lead by MCC Alumni Hall of Fame member and Foundation Director Don Jeffries ʼ71 (VisitRochester).

  Pictured above: Gretchen Wood, Dr. Lloyd Holmes, Lauren Dixon, Rick Brienzi  ʼ 79 and Tom Gears.

Pictured above: Gretchen Wood, Dr. Lloyd Holmes, Lauren Dixon, Rick Brienzi ʼ79 and Tom Gears.

 

GOLD UNDERWRITERS

Cannon Industries, Inc.

The DiMarco Group, LLC

 

SILVER UNDERWRITERS

M/E Engineering, P.C.

M&T Bank

 

BRONZE UNDERWRITERS

Popli Design Group

Rochester Davis-Fetch Corp.

 

19th HOLE

Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.

G & J Contracting Inc.

 

TEE GIFT SPONSOR

CPLteam Architecture Engineering Planning

ImageNow by Mahar, Inc.

LeChase Construction Services LLC

Russell P. LeFrois Builder, Inc.

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

FOURSOME WITH FORECADDIE SPONSORS

CMI Communications

Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP

LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

The Pike Company

Schuler-Haas Electric Corp.

Siemens Industry Inc.

Sodexo

SWBR Architects / Parrone Engineering

Teke Machine Corp.

 

FOURSOMES

Bergmann Associates

The Bonadio Group

Richard C. Brienzi '79 – JEN: Add Elmer Davis, they split recognition, look up accurate name

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Crosby-Brownlie, Inc.

Elmer W Davis Roofing Incorporated

International Union BAC Local 3 NY

Klein Reinforcing Services

Mahany Welding

Manning Squires Hennig

MWI, Inc.

Joanne & John T. '71 Smith

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

CONTRIBUTORS

C & S Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Crowley Webb

 

GIFTS IN KIND

Black Button Distilling

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Cure

Dixon Schwabl

Geva Theatre Center

JQ Cigar Hut

Michael A. Krupinicki ‘85

Mac's Auto Service II

MAX of Eastman Place

M/E Engineering, P.C.

Midtown Athletic Club

Monroe Community College Association

Monroe's Restaurant and Bar

Oak Hill Country Club

Popli Design Group

ProNexus

Rochester Arc + Flame Center

Rochester Red Wings

SCN Hospitality

Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club

Anthony M. Soprano '92

Yotality and Pizzeria FAVO


3rd Annual Cabin Fever

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In February 2018, first-time philanthropists braved winter weather to attend Cabin Fever at the home of Amanda and Brian Donovan. The evening, led by co-chairs Molly and Tom Flaherty and Michelle Rauber-Nonkes and Jason Michael Ripple, raised $14,000 (net) to support MCC’s Dreamkeepers program. Dreamkeepers offers micro-grants of less than $500 to financially struggling students faced with unforeseen emergencies—the ultimate “plot twists” in their journey to earning a degree. Micro-grants help students overcome urgent transportation, childcare and other needs so they can continue their studies. 

Party Co Chairs

Molly & Tom Flaherty

Michelle Rauber Nonkes & Jason Michael Ripple

 

Party Hosts

Courtney Dixon

Tammy & Chris Gamble

Kitty & Adam Goldfeder

Victoria & Dan Goldstein

Nellie & Wade Hedegard

Denise & Marc Johnson

Erin Julian ’98

Courtney & Scott Marshall

Lisa & Rich Paulis

Kate & Stephen Polozie

Mark Siwiec & Duffy Palmer

Matt Squires

Jen & Kevin T. Stickles ’88

Cary & Tom Tracy

Alicia & Tyler Wolk

Melanie & Jeremy Wolk

Contributors

Ms. Rachel Adams

Ms. Michele A. Bessette

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Constellation Brands, Inc.

Tonya & Robert Erdle

Mr. Asher J. Flaum

Frontier Management

Lauren Gallina

Junior Achievement

Jaymes Keenan

Amit Luthra

Emily Marullo

Ronald C. Mead

Todd Morgan

Jordan & Sarah Morgenstern

Michael O’Sullivan

Pfizer Foundation

Popli Design Group

Mr. Frederick Rainaldi

Abby & Josh Reinhard

Ms. Trish Rissone

Rizzo, DiGiacco, Hern & Baniewicz CPA’s

Courtney Smith Pulire & Charles Pulire

SWBR Architects

Tompkins Realty of Rochester

Janell Vanegas

Jennie Viggiani & Kevin McGuire

Pam Viggiani & Robert Cole

Drs. Ingrid & Brian Watkins

Karen & Blake Webber

Gretchen & Mick Wood

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP

Anonymous

 

GIFTS IN KIND

Living Roots Wine and Co.

M/Body

Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Medical Spa

SCN Hospitality

1961 Vodka