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Our sincere thanks to the many local companies, individuals and organizations that supported the Partnership Awards Dinner:

SILVER sponsors
Advantage Federal Credit Union
ASAR (Association of Supervisors and
   Administrators of Rochester)
Genesee Regional Bank
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
I. Gordon Inc.
Rochester Red Wings
The Rochester Area
   Community Foundation

BRONZE sponsors
Bergmann Associates
   (plus additional support)
Bryant & Stratton College
Forsyth, Howe, O'Dwyer,
   Kalb and Murphy, P.C.
Harris Beach PLLC
Monroe Community College

Bryant & Stratton College (two)
Edwin Lopez-Soto
Dr. Freddie Thomas High School
Hillside Work Scholarship Program
Kathy King and John Laing (two)
Nazareth College
Rochester Teachers Association


Fifth Annual Partnership Awards Dinner, 2010

For Marshall High School student Charles Cliett, it was an opportunity to tell music teacher Mary Taylor that she has changed his life. "You are an inspiration to us all, a reason to come to school. Music has given us a purpose in life... Thank you for everything."

John Marshall High School student Charles Cliett introduces honoree Mary Taylor
John Marshall High School student Charles Cliett introduces honoree Mary Taylor.

And for Edison High School student Sharde Pinkney-Salters, it was a chance to thank the Rochester Red Wings for giving her a summer job and encouragement in life. "If you learn from a job, it will last a lifetime."

Mary Taylor and the Rochester Red Wings received two of the eight awards presented on October 20, 2010 at the Fifth Annual Rochester Education Foundation Partnership Awards Dinner. The event attracted 260 people to the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The event included a record 45 city students and parents whose attendance was funded by generous sponsors and donors. Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard and Mayor Robert Duffy were the co-hosts of the dinner. Because Mr. Duffy could not attend, Deputy Mayor Patricia Malgieri attended.

Making a Difference award winner Burnice Green, Sr., with the young men of his School 9 Boys Club.
Making a Difference award winner Burnice Green, Sr., with the young men of his School 9 Boys Club.

It was an evening that celebrated the power of relationships with young people in our city. Other award winners were educators George Marron and Sandra Jordan, Making a Difference Award winners Burnice Green Sr. and Bryant & Stratton College, Business Award winner Advantage Federal Credit Union and Volunteer Award winner Theta Omicron Fraternity of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Mary Taylor, who received an Educator Award, showed the group her work, as she performed with the dynamic Urban Steel band she launched and has continued to lead. She urged the group to "treasure each person" and make students know that the classroom is a place in which they can flourish -- and make mistakes.

Photo album: click here
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All photos courtesy of Ed Lopez.

Jeff DeSantis, concessions manager of the Rochester Red Wings, talked about the experience of hiring city students each summer to run kiosks at Frontier Field for the team. By taking responsibility for all the details, students learn valuable lessons, he said. Mr. DeSantis should know - he started his career as a 16-year-old selling hot chocolate for the Red Wings! The Red Wings received the National Academy Foundation Business Award.

The brothers of Theta Omicron fraternity received the Volunteer Award. School 4 student Leonard Pinckney noted that he's learned respect, responsibility, and how to set goals from his role models in the fraternity. In accepting the award with Robert Mitchell, Joel Cummings noted: "I grew up on the west side and people showed me the way. It's nothing more than a responsibility to show others the way."

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