Ability Partners Foundation recently hosted its annual Evening of Stars gala at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford.
The event raised $130,000 to support programs and services at CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the new Golisano Autism Center — Rochester.
Mary Walsh Boatfield, president and CEO, thanked Tom Golisano for participating in this year’s event and helping to spotlight honorees.
Ann Costello, executive director of the Golisano Foundation, received the Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication and collaborations to the agency as well as her commitment in advocating for, and on behalf of, people with disabilities.
“This event would not have been a success without the giving donors who support our agencies,” Walsh Boatfield said. “This is truly a generous community.”
Scott Hetsko, meteorologist at 13WHAM News, gave the keynote speech. He shared the story of his lifesaving heart transplant, and talked about the services his son, Logan, received at CP Rochester.
Joe Lomonaco, co-host of the “5 O’Clock News Hour” on NewsRadio WHAM 1180, served as the auctioneer. Patrice Walsh was the master of ceremonies. The night featured a silent auction, cash call, wine cork pull and cake auction.
Wegmans received the Community Partner of the Year Award for its ongoing support to all three agencies through sponsorships, grants and in-kind donations.
The Harold C. Augustin Founders Award went to the Cassata family — Eugene, Tom, Maria Cassata Casanzio and her husband, Sam. The Cassatas have supported CP Rochester throughout the years. Tom Cassata has been a part of the agency since he was in preschool, and his parents, Eugene and Vicki, were actively involved in the board of directors as well as fundraising events.
Alan Cocquyt, senior project estimator at LeChase Construction, won the Volunteer of the Year Award. He has served as instructor and coordinator for the Shared Ski Adventures program since 2009. In addition to working with the skiers, Cocquyt donated, built and repaired many items for the program on his own initiative.
Robert Maddamma received the Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award. Maddamma volunteers his time and expertise on various committees within the agencies. His donates his talents as a business executive, university professor and community leader to the board of directors, the agencies and its individuals served.