Victor Salerno, CEO of O’Connell Electric, will receive the 81st Rochester Rotary Award during a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 30 at George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave., Rochester.
Rochester Rotary is honoring Salerno for his service as a philanthropist and community volunteer, most notably to St. John Fisher College, Rochester Museum and Science Center and the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Salerno provided $2 million to build the home of the college’s business school — the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise — which is the largest gift ever made to the college by one of its graduates.
“Vic is arguably one of the most generous and committed volunteer members of the Rochester community, in addition to being a highly qualified and successful business leader at O’Connell Electric,” said Donald Bain, president of St. John Fisher College. “He is also one of the most decent, hardworking and ethical human beings I have ever known.”
The award recognizes community members who personify Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto and demonstrate exceptional community spirit, touch the lives of many citizens, serve as a positive role model and share wisdom and knowledge to empower others.
Past recipients include B. Thomas Golisano, Frank Gannett, Al Sigl, Gilbert J.C. McCurdy, Joseph Wilson, Marion Folsom, Ritter Shumway, Constance Mitchell, Burton August, Don Alhart, Walter Cooper, R. Carlos Carballada, Joan and Harold Feinbloom, Ralph Pennino, James B. Isaac, Andrew and Karen Gallina and David Flaum.
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