Our sincere thanks to the many local companies, individuals and organizations that supported the Partnership Awards Dinner:
Association of Supervisors and
Administrators of Rochester
Don and Barbara Bergmann
I. Gordon Corp.
Rochester Area Community Foundation
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
LaBella Associates, P.C.
Patricia and Gary Dodge
Eugenio Maria de Hostos School
First Unitarian Church
Forsyth, Howe, O'Dwyer, Kalb
and Murphy P.C.
Scott Spino Foundation
Rochester City School District
2007 Partnership Awards Dinner
The evening began with music from the Wilson String Ensemble, and ended with a rousing speech from William Thomas II, a city school graduate now flourishing at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Educator Award winner Patricia Dodge with her husband, Gary Dodge.
In between, approximately 200 people attended a reception and the second annual Rochester Education Foundation Partnership Awards dinner on October 23, 2007 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The centerpiece of the evening was the presentation of awards to Wegmans, First Unitarian Church, Isobel Goldman, Julio Vázquez Sr., Patricia Dodge, Geri Spino, and Annette Rouse for their longstanding support of and partnerships with Rochester city school students.
The theme of the evening was the great value that each of these honorees has brought to students throughout the district, over many years time. "The question can fairly be asked, 'What would I be without you?'" said William Thomas II, who spoke about his relationship with Annette Rouse and the Salute to Black Scholars program. Mr. Thomas, a student at RIT with a wealth of honors, told the group how Ms. Rouse and this Urban League program made a difference in his life.
William Thomas II, a current RIT student, attested to the power of the Salute to Black Scholars program, championed for 28 years by award winner Annette Rouse.
The award presentation program began with a welcome and brief remarks from Jean Howard, Chief of Staff to Mayor Robert Duffy, and Dr. William Cala, Interim Superintendent of the Rochester City School District. Ms. Howard discussed the value of supporting our city young people, and the need for all the resources we as a community can obtain for them. Dr. Cala spoke of the need for advocacy in all its forms on behalf of city young people.
Award winners received a framed print created by city school students.
Each of the award winners was introduced by Rodric Cox-Cooper, a member of REF's Board of Directors and a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch's Global Private Client Group:
Mr. Cox-Cooper recalled how he too benefited from the support and knowledge provided by Annette Rouse and the Salute to Black Scholars Program.