Annual Awards

Celebrate the Capital Region's Champions of Philanthropy

Thank you for joining us at United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s Annual Awards, as we celebrated our Campaign Champions, organizations, and individuals who invested more than $4M to support the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. The evening paid tribute to our region’s most generous philanthropists with the induction of John & Lynda Kearney to the 2022 Class of the Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame, and revealed Ben Williams from Connect Center as the 2022 Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year!

 

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Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame

The Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame is a tribute to the citizens who have given so much to improve the quality of life for others.

We are proud to announce and induct the fourth class of the Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame—a lasting tribute to the citizens who have given so much to improve the quality of life for others. Joining an impressive class are John and his wife Lynda Kearney. John, who has over three decades as a Capital Region community volunteer and labor leader, has served on various boards including an impressive 20 years on the board of United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

John and Linda Kearney

Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Join us next year at Annual Awards where we reveal the Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year!

This award is chosen through a community-driven selection process to recognize the extraordinary generosity of an individual who has made a lasting impact in the Capital Region. This award recognizes the achievements and contributions of an individual who has given their time, talent, and treasure to positively impact our community. This honor will be awarded to an individual who has made a lasting impact in the Capital Region by:

  • Contributing a generous donation(s) to an organization(s) or cause(s); 
  • Going above and beyond as a volunteer with an organization(s); 
  • Leading or establishing a non-profit organization that is making a significant difference in our 

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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Ben Williams is the Executive Director of the Connect Center, providing mentorship and youth development programs to allow students to explore their passions, talents, and eventually a career path.

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United Way of the Greater Capital Region's Honorary Committee

To join the Honorary Committee or to get involved as a sponsor, contact Amari Duncan.

Tocqueville Society Member  | * UWGCR Board Member  | * in memoriam of

Wallace & Jane Altes
Carm* & Sheila Basile
Ryan Case*
Circles of Mercy
Marcia Cognetta*
Joe Corr
BJ Costello
Robert M. Curley*
Rabbi Matt* & Sharon Cutler
Robert & Susanne Doyle
John & Pam Eberle
Corey L. Ellis, Albany Common Council President
Peter & Lauren Gannon
Alan P. Goldberg
Neil & Jane
* Golub
Amanda Goyer
Lt. DJ Grant & Selica Y. Grant, Esq.

Liz Hitt
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson & Dr. Morris A. Washington
Daquetta Jones
Dr. Coretta Killikelly & CEK RN Consulting, Inc
Dr. Heidi Knoblauch
Jennifer MacPhee
Hon. Paula A Mahan
Drs. Jim* & Jenny Malatras
Andy Marsh
April Marsh
Norman and Micki Massry

Hon. John T. McDonald III, RPh
Dr. Alfredo Medina, Jr* & Jeannine Trimboli
MVP Health Care

John J. Nigro
Maureen E. O'Brien & Paul Vogt
Brian & Beth O'Grady
Rick & Diana Ostroff

Percy Waller Foundation
Mary Phillips
Michael-Aaron* & Amber Poindexter
Dominick Purnomo
Ellen Sax, MVP Health Care
Kyla Schmidt
Hon. Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Sheehan Productions
Shawn Smeltzer 
Richard & Diana Straut
Dylan Thisse
Samuel Trimboli & Matt DeCrescente
Alex Tronco
Michael & Lynette Tucker

Presented by Albany Med. Sponsored by CDPHP, Central Hudson, Chase, MVP, Sheehan Productions, Nicole's Catering

2022 Annual Awards Honorees

Ben Williams

Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Ben Williams

Connect Center

John and Lynda Kearney Standing together

Capital Region Hall of Fame Inductee

John & Lynda Kearney

2021 Annual Awards Honorees

Jammella Anderson

Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Jammella Anderson

Free Food Fridge Albany

Father Peter G. Young

Capital Region Hall of Fame Inductee

The Late Father Peter G. Young

A pioneer in substance abuse treatment 

2020 Annual Awards Honorees 

Brian Brosen, POY 2020

Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Brian Brosen

The Capital Team at eXp Realty 

James Barba, 2020 HOF

Capital Region Hall of Fame Inductee 

James J. Barba, JD

President Emeritus, Albany Med 

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2020 Annual Awards Ceremony

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2019 Annual Awards Honorees

2019 Annual Awards Recap Video

Annmarie Lanesey, 2019 POY

Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Annmarie Lanesey

Albany Can Code

Neil Golub, 2019 HOF

Capital Region Hall of Fame Inductee 

Neil & Jane* Golub

* of blessed memory

Jackson and Washington, 2019 HOF

Capital Region Hall of Fame Inductee 

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson & Dr. Morris Washington