The Face Of Giving

Longtime Foundation friend and donor Anita Vitullo has a lifelong passion for the plight of abused and abandoned animals, so it was hardly a surprise when Anita arrived at The Foundation’s door this May with a furry companion named Madison. The surprise, however, was pinned to an orange vest the…
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Duff Matt

Duff Matt supports causes that were important to her loved ones and that continue to make a difference in the community. Prevalent among them are education and programs for youths and the arts. She advises how dollars are used from two family funds, including the F.X. Matt II Memorial Fund,…
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Wesley Smith and Diane Wolfe

Since Wesley Smith and Diane Wolfe established a donor-advised fund in 2003, it’s generated more than 140 grants to organizations and causes across the region and beyond – addressing human needs from hunger to healthcare, education to the arts. “We appreciate The Community Foundation’s recognition and support of the needs…
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Helping and Assisting Forever

During their 42 years of employment at The Oneida National Bank & Trust Company of Utica (now Bank of America), Ruth and Beatrice Begent, twins, associated with many customers, employees and friends. “Our goal was always to be helpful and willing to assist others,” they say. Thanks to a bequest…
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Ray and Linda Allen

“Our family greatly benefited from this community’s educational and cultural institutions preserved by past generations. We want to assure that future generations have the same opportunities that were available to us and our daughters. The Legacy Society provides the way for us to help local high school students pursue their…
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A Dream Fulfilled Forever

Mary (Molly) Bidwell Root’s spirit of philanthropy is everywhere at Mud Creek Farm. It’s in the creak of the barn doors. In the clunk of hooves on the hay-coated barn floor. It’s in the soft neigh of Trudy, a one-time race horse, donated to the farm for use in their…
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Patsy Couper’s passion for people will have impact forever

Patsy Couper believed in people. “I’ve been lucky to be around kind people, honest people, thoughtful people,” she said in an Observer-Dispatch article in 2011. “From the Hill to Remsen to Barneveld, I’m in a valley of good.” Patsy, who was 90 in 2013 whens he passed away, did many…
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Silicon Valley entrepreneur creates fund to support area’s ‘best and brightest’

Martin Babinec grew up in the Mohawk Valley, but sought his future elsewhere. Far from the Mohawk Valley. He found that future in the San Francisco Bay area. “Little did I know my proximity near Silicon Valley would prove to be life-changing,” Babinec said. That location made all the difference…
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