CRCF Award Celebration Honors Past, Looks Forward To Future

A successful banker and community advocate, John D. Hamilton left quite the mark on the Chautauqua Region. In addition to administering a scholarship in his name to help students further their education, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation honors an individual, or group, whose dedication and leadership increases community spirit and enhances the quality of life in the Chautauqua Region with the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award.

The first award was presented to Hamilton in 1993 for his leadership and vision for the Chautauqua Region. In 1978, Hamilton was responsible for bringing together a group of men and women who would create the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation as it is known today.

In honor of the Community Foundation’s 35th anniversary, the 2013 John D. Hamilton Community Service Award will be presented to the men and women who have generously given of their time and talents by serving as president of the Board of Directors during the last 35 years.

The former presidents, in chronological order, are: Kenneth W. Strickler (1978-86), Craig P. Colburn (1987-88), Gregory L. Peterson (1989-93), Tyler C. Swanson (1994-95), Donald L. Meyer (1996), Randy M. Ordines (1997-99), Max R. Pickard (2000-02), Kristy B. Zabrodsky (2003-04), Michael D. Metzger (2005-06), Lyman A. Buck III (2007-09) and Stephen J. Wright (2010-11).

The awards will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Moon Brook Country Club.

The Community Foundation will also honor Hamilton’s daughter, Hope Pettegrew, who will be celebrating this milestone with the foundation.

Pettegrew, like her father, has been an extraordinary force in her own community in New Hampshire, volunteering for the Peterborough Players theater company for more than 30 years as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter which assists the homeless.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres as guests enjoy the musical talents of vocalist Ron Gabalski. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a number of items during a silent auction. At 7 p.m. this year’s recipients will be introduced and dinner will follow. After dinner, a film recapping each recipient’s presidential term will be shown and awards will be resented. The evening will conclude with music and dancing as guests are entertained by Razz and Friends.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact the Community Foundation at 661-3390. Reservations are needed by Friday, Aug. 30, and the cost of attendance is $75.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Fund for the Region, a fund designated to provide financial support for emerging community needs.