Celebrating Generosity in the Adirondacks

September 07, 2018
CEO and President Cali Brooks reflects on highlights from our annual summer celebration of generosity and impact, including this year's recipient of the Heavy Lifting Award. 
 
Adirondack Foundation works every day to connect people, ideas, and resources to strengthen our communities while embracing differences and encouraging collaboration.
 
We believe our work has an impact. At our annual summer celebration on August 24th, we felt that impact firsthand as we listened to the stories of grantees and community leaders, all of which captured the essence of what we do and why we do it more than charts, numbers, or fund descriptions could ever convey. 
 
The most important thing to remember is that our work is about people and place. So when Nick George of High Peaks Hospice spoke about how his team will stand with us at the end of life, we felt comforted. When Officer Mike Vaillancourt inspired us with the story of 255 bike helmets distributed to Tupper Lake children, we cheered! Knowing that over 60 kids get the best start in life at the Champlain Children’s Learning Center, Rebecca Filion reminded us that we can make a difference in even the youngest lives. And when Andrea Hogan described the critical role nonprofits and philanthropy play in the Town of Johnsburgh, we celebrated the difference that every donation makes in each town across the region.
 
We also awarded our Heavy Lifting Award to BT3 Interim Director Bob Frawley. The award is given annually to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, leapt tall buildings and performed other impossible missions to achieve charitable goals for the Adirondacks. For more than 25 years, Bob has made it his mission to improve the lives of young children and their families. This has included leading a variety of statewide early childhood initiatives on issues ranging from runaway and homeless youth, to child abuse and neglect and services for children with disabilities. Today, Bob is retired from his former position with the New York State Council on Children and Families, but still selflessly tackles tough issues in the field.
 
While the Birth to Three (BT3) Alliance is made up of many heroes doing great work in our communities, this past year, Bob stood out for his dedication and willingness to step up as the interim director of BT3, helping to ensure the alliance stays strong and collectively forges a path forward.
 
The needs in our communities are real and can be daunting at times – opioids, foster care, elder care, early childhood development, climate change and workforce development – but the energy, excitement, and hope that we see in our key partners, including Bob Frawley, as well as donors, grantees, and other friends, keeps us optimistic about the future of the Adirondacks.  

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