The Kiwanis Club of Farmington-Victor recently held its 14th annual Spirit of Giving dinner to honor local citizens going above and beyond in their service to the community.
Lori Augustyn Donahoe from Family Promise of Ontario County was named Victor Citizen of the Year. Sarah Chilson, executive director of The Spot Canandaigua, was recognized as Farmington Citizen of the Year.
The Helping Hands Award went to those making a positive impact on the community. This year’s winners are Tim Archetko for Mama Tomotto’s Birthday Fundraiser benefiting the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard; Ron Herendeen, vice president of the South Farmington Friends Cemetery Association; Linda Marren from Serenity House; and Ontario County Deputy Sheriff John Torlish.
Farmington-Victor Kiwanis presented over $10,000 in checks to community organizations serving local residents in need. This year’s outreach donations went to Budding Readers of Ontario County, Cobblestone Arts Center, Daystar Kids, Girls on the Run, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Kamp Kiwanis Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Ontario County Drug Abuse Prevention Council, Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation, Serenity House, The Spot Canandaigua and Youth Chorus of the Finger Lakes.
The club honored members for their service to Kiwanis and the community. Distinguished Past Lt. Gov. Dave Jacobus received the Distinguished Kiwanian Award. Past President Barb Years was recognized with the Anton Kaiser Fellowship for a lifetime of selfless service to children, families and individuals in need, and for her work as chairwoman or committee member of the Evening of Great Tastes, Relay for Life, golf tourney, bike rodeo, Spirit of Giving dinner, coloring book sales and Childrens’ Christmas Party.
Farmington-Victor Kiwanis meets on the first, second and fourth Fridays of the month at 7 a.m. at the Victor Hampton Inn. Visit for information.