Annual Awards

Celebrate the Capital Region's Champions of Philanthropy

Thursday, June 9, 2022

5:30 p.m.  |  NYS Museum, 4th Floor, 222 Madison Ave, Albany
Parking is free and available in the museum parking lot. Street parking is also available for free after 5 p.m.

Cocktail attire 

Join United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s President & CEO, Peter Gannon, and other presenters throughout the evening, as we celebrate 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 will pay tribute to our region’s most generous philanthropists with the induction of a renowned community member to the 2022 Class of the Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame, as well as reveal this year’s Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year.

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Capital Region Philanthropist of the Year

Join us at Annual Awards where we reveal the 2022 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 

The Finalists

Jamil Hood Sr.

Jamil Hood, Sr.

Jamil Hood, Sr. is the President and CEO of Hood’s House of Hoops, a program serving youth and families throughout the Capital Region and surrounding area.

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Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien was appointed the first female President and Chief Executive Officer of New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID).

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William Rivas

William Rivas

William Rivas is the Executive Director of the Children of Our Community Open to Achievement (C.O.C.O.A) House, which provides mentoring and after-school services to young children in Schenectady.

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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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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 Linda 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.

Celebrate their induction into the Capital Region Philanthropy Hall of Fame and reserve your seat now!

John and Linda Kearney

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. Commitments received by May 16, 2022, will be included in the event invitation. PURCHASE TICKETS

Presented by Albany Med. Sponsored by, Sheehan Productions, CDPHP, Central Hudson, Chase, MVP

Albany Common Council President Corey L. Ellis
Alex Tronco
Amanda Goyer
April Marsh
BJ Costello
CDTA
Circles of Mercy
Dominick Purnomo
Dr. Alfredo Medina, Jr
Drs. Jim and Jenny Malatras
Dylan Thisse

 

Ellen Sax
Hon. John T. McDonald III, RPh
Hon. Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Jeannine M. Trimboli
Jennifer MacPhee
John Eberle
Liz Hitt
Lynette & Michael Tucker
Marcia Cognetta
Mary Phillips
Maureen E. O'Brien

Michael & Lynette Tucker
MVP Healthcare
Paul F. O'Brien
Paula A Mahan
Rabbi Matt Cutler
Richard & Diana Straut
Ryan Case
Shawn Smeltzer 
Sheehan Productions

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