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.


Meet the newest members of the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame:

Christopher L. Collins ʼ79
Chief Operating Officer, 
InFlyt Entertainment and Connectivity, Thales
View induction at the Salute to Excellence

Barbara Deane-Williams
Superintendent of Schools,
Rochester City School District
View induction at the Salute to Excellence


Gladys Pedraza-Burgos ʼ91
Chief Operations Officer,
Ibero-American Action League, Inc.
View induction at the Salute to Excellence


Joseph L. Wesley ʼ83
Director of Strategic Workforce Development,
Wegmans Food Markets
View induction at the Salute to Excellence



Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Olivia & David A. ʼ73 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. ʼ68 Warshof

Dr. Alice Holloway Young



Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Briggs

Century Liquor & Wines


Philip Kellogg ʼ81

Mr. Joseph P. Marron

Mr. John J. Murphy IV

Ashwin & Rashmi Shah

Grace Tillinghast

Stella & Clayton Wiley



Avangrid Foundation and RG&E

Corning Incorporated Foundation

Dixon Schwabl

Eastman Business Park

Summers Foundation



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



Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

M/E Engineering, PC

Dr. Michael & Eloise Myers

Wegmans Food Markets



EFPR Group

Davie Kaplan, CPA, PC

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

ESL Charitable Foundation

LiDestri Foods Inc.

Rochester City School District