Community members cast thousands of votes to support local nonprofits in this year’s Community Choice Awards, and your vote helped decide which eight winners received $10,000 each!
Community Foundation staff, Trustees and category sponsors surprised the winners at their headquarters with cheers, balloons – and big checks!
2019 Community Choice Awards Winners
Mohawk Valley Jr. Frontiers
Education Category Winner
Funding will expand programming to empower historically disadvantaged students, encourage their educational excellence and professional development, and introduce them to science, technology, engineering, and arts careers, and provide SAT prep courses. Sponsored by the M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund
Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts (UTCA)
Arts & Culture
Funding will support a relaunch of the classic Uptown Theater $2 Tuesday’s promotion as a year-long movie series to provide low-cost entertainment to area residents. Sponsored by the Bull Family Fund
Funding will support the Heart of the Home project for homeless girls and children, ensuring that young women and children at Evelyn’s House have a safe, inviting, and functional kitchen and dining environment, providing essential amenities including room renovation and new appliances. Sponsored by the Ronald & Sheila Cuccaro Family Fund
Funding will support Project Fibonacci’s annual speaker’s series featuring keynote presentations from those involved in cutting-edge technologies to enhance technology education and career preparation for Mohawk Valley students. Sponsored by the Rome Community Foundation
Sitrin Health Care Center
Heath & Wellness
Funding will be used to establish an aquatic cycling program for community residents whose health challenges need an innovative alternative to high-intensity traditional fitness programs. Sponsored by the David & Janet Griffith Family Fund
Funding will be used to create a reflection and memorial garden to provide terminally ill guests and their families a space where they can be at peace during some of the most stressful and emotional days of their lives. The reflection and memorial garden will also enable families to memorialize their loved one through a “tree of life” mural. Sponsored by the Mele Family Fund
The Root Farm
Sports & Recreation
Funding will support the Camp Adventurers program, the area’s only all-abilities adventure center, providing free recreational, wellness-based educational and exercise opportunities available to children of all abilities in a day-camp setting. Sponsored by the All In For Vin Memorial Fund
Herkimer County Humane Society
Funding will be used for an air conditioner for the shelter, greatly improving the quality of life for shelter residents during their transition to their forever home. Sponsored by Staffworks Fund
Rescue Mission of Utica
Board Recognition Award
Enhancing its ability to salvage, process and distribute fresh, clean produce to thousands of families each year, the Rescue Mission project will help fund the purchase and installation of a stainless steel, double-sink bowl and a mop sink, each with a spray faucet. Sponsored by The Community Foundation Board of Trustees
The Community Choice Awards program is made possible through the generous support of The Community Foundation’s Corporate Partners: Bank of America, Bank of Utica, Casa Imports, Hale Transportation, Mohawk Valley EDGE, National Grid, Save of the Day Foundation and WKTV NewsChannel2.