Awards will be presented at 2017 Red Tie Gala on Saturday, April 22
Rochester, N.Y. — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester (RMHC) will recognize three local leaders for their outstanding service, commitment and dedication to the organization over the years. The three awards given out at the upcoming Red Tie Gala will be Crystal Heart Award, Loving Hands Awards and Impact Award.
A longtime philanthropist committed to improving the lives of children and families in the Greater Rochester area, Joan Feinbloom of Feinbloom Foundation will receive this year’s Crystal Heart award. Feinbloom, along with her late husband, has been a close partner to RMHC since 1998.
In 2010, RMHC sought a donor to provide financial resources to cover the cost of meals for families with children staying at Strong Hospital so they could eat together. Feinbloom granted RMHC’s wish, providing $25,000 each year to ensure families would have a warm dinner together. Through her support of this meal program, along with others, she has given nearly $200,000 in less than 20 years to support RMHC families in the area.
A local business with generous, ongoing support of RMHC is awarded the Loving Hands Award each year. At the 2017 Red Tie Gala, RMHC will recognize Rochester Riverside Convention Center with this honor. In 2010, Joe Floreano joined the Red Tie Gala committee, followed by the Board of Directors shortly after. Often times, RMHC leaders say, Floreano would “wave his magic wand,” as no request was too big or impossible.
Since Floreano’s death in 2014, his legacy with RMHC has lived on and the commitment and ongoing service from the Convention Center has remained strong. Most recently, Jim Brown joined RMHC’s board of directors. The center continues to provide high-quality restaurant-style dinner to the house every Tuesday. Additionally, the staff at the center participates in collections for the Westmoreland Drive pantry, Holiday House programs and more.
RMHC will recognize a third leader through a new award. Nina Schor, M.D., will receive RMHC’s Impact Award. As chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital, she has dedicated her life to improving children’s lives, particularly those who are critically ill. As a close partner and advocate for RMHC, she attends many of the organization’s special events and programs, and shows her support in several meaningful ways. As Schor steps down from her position in chair of pediatrics, RMHC will recognize her for her commitment to local families with critically ill children over the years.