This Year’s “Awards For Excellence” Honorees

All Awards for Excellence Winners

TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Todd Edmonds, Jack Jensen, Sheila Squier, Lisa Stelick, Steve Stelick
MIDDLE ROW: Don Hickman, Angela Loh, Louise Osika, Dennis Osika
BOTTOM ROW: Susan Rosenkoetter, Dorothy Manheim, Beth Cutter, James Brown (President of  United Way of Tompkins County and VP of the Legacy Foundation), Ann Pavia, Eleanor Carey, Greg Hartz (President and CEO of TTC)


Angela LohAngela Loh was honored for her work on behalf of the Tompkins-Cortland Habitat for Humanity.

With Angela in the leadership role, long-range plans were created, finances and bookkeeping were put on a professional footing, and Habitat began raising funds, writing grants, and focusing on collaboration to make the organization successful at giving needy families the pride of home ownership.  At Angela’s request, her monetary award went to Habitat for Humanity for Tompkins and Cortland Counties.







Ann PaviaAnn Pavia was honored for her volunteer efforts in the Village of Trumansburg. 

Ann is one of two founders of the 40 year old Trumansburg Craft Fair.  As a retired teacher, she now volunteers in primary grade classrooms at Trumansburg Elementary four to five mornings a week. She organizes classroom talent shows, math carnivals, plays and much more.  Ann is truly the epitome of “community volunteer”.  She asked that her monetary award be divided among: Family Reading Partnership, Trumansburg Central School District Foundation – General Fund and Trumansburg Central School District Foundation – Elementary First Grade Fund.






Jack JensenCommunity Building Works was honored for their work with local non-profits, businesses and community members to provide opportunities for volunteers to create new ‘green’ homes for low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers. 

Their use of volunteer labor empowers the community to address its affordable housing needs, empowers individuals by teaching them valuable job skills, and supports a sustainable business model.  Jack Jenson of Community Building Works accepted the Award for Excellence. Community Building Works received a check from the Legacy Foundation for $1,200.






Dennis Louise OsikaDennis and Louise Osika were honored for their efforts on behalf of the Catholic community’s Peace and Justice committee, the Holiday Red Cross Blood Drive at Cornell, the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing campaign; Cops, Kids & Toys; Habitat for Humanity, and Adopt a Highway.

They make a great team and they help make the Town of Lansing a special place to live!  The Osikas asked the Foundation to divide their monetary award between Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties and Catholic Charities of Tompkins & Tioga Counties.






Don Hickman Beth CutterDonald Hickman and Beth Cutter were honored for their numerous volunteer efforts for many years on behalf of Gadabout, Catholic Charities, the United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, and the Breast Cancer Alliance. 

They even volunteered at Habitat for Humanity while they vacationed in Florida!  Don and Beth are the first ones to assist anyone who needs a helping hand.  They chose to divide their monetary award between the Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities and Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County.







Dorothy ManheimDorothy Manheim was honored for managing the Trumansburg Food Pantry for 23 years. 

Under Dot’s tutelage the Pantry grew from serving around 30 families to now serving close to 100 families, per distribution.  Dot’s dedication to fighting hunger, and helping those in need in the Trumansburg community, has made this Food Pantry a successful faith-based mission sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Council of Churches.  She has dedicated her life to helping those less fortunate.  Dorothy asked that her monetary award go to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.






Eleanor CareyFISH, which stands for Friends in Service Helping, is a quiet little group of volunteers who use their own vehicles to provide free transportation to health-related appointments to Tompkins County residents in need. 

Thanks to their “phoners” and “drivers”, FISH was ranked as one of only six “high impact” service agencies in Tompkins County.  In the first six-months of 2008 they drove a total of 9,000 miles and served almost 400 clients!  In honor of their award, FISH received a check for $1,200 from the Legacy Foundation.  Eleanor Carey accepted the award. 






Steve Lisa StelickSteve and Lisa Stelick were honored for their tireless efforts in support of the Dryden Community.  They took care of all the details and ran Dryden Youth Sports year ‘round for at least 10 years prior to the Town forming a recreation department.

Steve is also involved with Kiwanis and together they started Dryden’s music-in-the-park program.  The Stelicks asked that their monetary award be divided among these non-profits: Southworth Library, Dryden Community Center Café, Ellis Hollow Community Center, Etna Community Center, Varna Community Center and Town of Dryden/Montgomery Park Fund.        






Susan RosenkoetterSusan Rosenkoetter was honored for her generous, sincere, and humble efforts to increase the appreciation of English literature among the Lansing community, students, and faculty. 

Susan volunteers at the Lansing Library, hosts visiting authors, sponsors faculty members’ attendance at national English and Literature conferences and workshops, and gives timely “book-talks” to students of all ages at Lansing Schools.  Susan asked that her monetary award be given to the Lansing Central School – Dorothy Rosenkoetter Memorial Literature Project.






Todd EdmondsTodd Edmonds was honored for his modern, creative, energetic and generous approach to philanthropy. 

Todd has donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of free design work to local non-profits, such as Challenge Industries, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Hangar Theatre, Taste of the Nation, Advocacy Center, Ithaca Farmers Market and many more.  He works hard to create a message, or an image, that truly reflects, and furthers, the unique identity and purpose of the organization he is representing.  Todd has asked that his monetary award be divided between Loaves and Fishes, and Challenge Industries.