Past Award Winners

We are honored to continue to celebrate the generosity of our past National Philanthropy Day award winners.


Philanthropist of the Year Sal Alfiero (posthumously)
Volunteer Fundraiser GIVE 716
Philanthropic Foundation WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Philanthropic Corporation Tops Friendly Markets
Philanthropic Small Business Buffalo Balloon Co. (Buffalo Gives)
Philanthropic Media Hope Rises
Youth Philanthropist Grace Koncikowski
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional David Kersten


Philanthropist of the Year Wayne Wisbaum Esq., Posthumous
Volunteer Fundraiser Dr. John Bodkin
Philanthropic Foundation Patrick P. Lee Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation BlueCross BlueShield WNY
Philanthropic Small Business 26 Shirts
Philanthropic Media Buffalo Spree
Youth Philanthropist Olivia Larson
Rising Star Professional Fundraiser Kelly Campbell


Philanthropist of the Year Pamela Jacobs-Vogt
Volunteer Fundraiser Joyce Fink
Philanthropic Foundation The 11-Day Power Play
Philanthropic Corporation Wegmans
Philanthropic Small Business Interior Design Association of WNY
Philanthropic Media Zenger Group
Youth Philanthropist Anderson Pleasants
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional Adair Saviola


Philanthropists of the Year The Garvey Family
Volunteer Fundraiser Cynthia Schwartz
Philanthropic Foundation BISON Children's Scholarship Fund
Philanthropic Corporation Modern Corporation
Philanthropic Small Business Sinatra & Co. Real Estate
Philanthropic Media Janet Snyder & Nicholas Picholas of KISS 98.5 Radio
Youth Philanthropist Mason Wille
Rising Star Professional Fundraiser Kate Heidinger, CFRE


Philanthropist of the Year Scott Bieler
Volunteer Fundraiser Mary Ann Kresse
Philanthropic Foundation The Statler Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation General Mills
Philanthropic Small Business JUST PIZZA & Wing Co.
Philanthropic Media Maryalice Demler & Scott Levin, WGRZ
Youth Philanthropist Samantha Van Wicklin
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Guy Tomassi


Philanthropist of the Year Russell J. Salvatore
Volunteer Fundraiser Susan Swarts
Philanthropic Foundation The John R. Oishei Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation Paddock Chevrolet
Philanthropic Small Business Lakeland Supply, Inc.
Philanthropic Media 97 Rock/WGRF - Cumulus Media
Youth Philanthropist Anthony (AJ) Walczak
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Cheryl A. Wasson



Philanthropist of the Year Philip H. Hubbell
Volunteer Fundraiser John R. Yurtchuk
Philanthropic Foundation Westminster Foundation/Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
Philanthropic Corporation Ingram Micro
Philanthropic Small Business Boulevard Mall Management Team
Philanthropic Media Country 106.5 WYRK
Youth Philanthropist Kaitlyn Kelly
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Dr. David M. Tiffany


Philanthropist of the Year William & Nancy Gacioch
Volunteer Fundraiser Cindy Abbott Letro
Philanthropic Foundation Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Philanthropic Corporation New Era Cap Co.
Philanthropic Small Business Algonquin Studios
Philanthropic Media WKBW-TV Channel 7
Youth Philanthropist Claire Raab


Philanthropists of the Year The Jacobs Family
Volunteer Fundraiser Jonathan A. Dandes
Philanthropic Corporation Independent Health
Philanthropic Small Business Flying Bison Brewing Company
Youth Philanthropist Devin Mueller
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Jeffrey Bagel, CFRE


Philanthropists of the Year Robert & Carolyn Montgomery
Volunteer Fundraiser James Brandys
Philanthropic Foundation The Children's Guild Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation Valu Home Centers
Philanthropic Small Business ShoeFly and Clutch
Philanthropic Media Cumulus Broadcasting
Youth Philanthropist Sarah Harris
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Linda Kahn


Philanthropists of the Year Patrick P. Lee
Volunteer Fundraiser Doug & Beth Swift
Philanthropic Foundation M&T Bank Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation KeyBank
Youth Philanthropist Lexi Keller
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Gia A. Coone



Philanthropists of the Year John & Karen Sanderson
Volunteer Fundraiser William Scott & Susan Basil
Philanthropic Foundation Community Health Foundation of Western & Central NY
Philanthropic Corporation Sahlen Packing Company, Inc.
Philanthropic Small Business Ristorante Lombardo
Philanthropic Media Travers Collins & Company
Youth Philanthropist Kilby Bronstein


Philanthropists of the Year Charles E. Balbach
Volunteer Fundraiser Niscah Koessler
Philanthropic Foundation Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation HSBC Bank USA
Philanthropic Small Business Classifieds Plus, Inc.
Philanthropic Media WNED-TV/AM/FM/ThinkBright
Youth Philanthropist Hannah & Leo Koellner
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  David A. Cristantello, Ph.D.


Philanthropists of the Year Ralph C. & Mary Wilson
Volunteer Fundraiser Shelley & Jeff Hirshberg
Philanthropic Corporation The Premier Group
Philanthropic Small Business Sassy Design Group
Philanthropic Media Entercom
Youth Philanthropist Alexander Grano
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Cindy Eller



Philanthropists of the Year Paul Koessler
Volunteer Fundraiser Paul D. Bauer
Philanthropic Foundation Grigg Lewis Foundation
Philanthropic Corporation Creditors Interchange
Philanthropic Small Business UC Coatings Corp.
Philanthropic Media Daily Post
Earle Hannel Fundraising Professional  Richard J. Heist


Listing is Alphabetical

93.7 WBLK
Adelphia Communications
The Baird Foundation
Nathan Benderson
Barbara Berryman Brandt
Louis J. Billitier (posthumously)
The Buffalo Foundation
The Buffalo News
Dr. Paul G. Bulger
Business First of Buffalo
Cash Realty & Auctions
Mildred Campbell
Joseph Castiglia
Cellular One, Upstate NY
Children’s Rehabilitation Center
Frank & Rosalie Ciminelli
Carly Cottone
The James H. Cummings Foundation
Robert J. Donough
Frank L. Eberl
Eric Mower & Associates
First Niagara Bank Foundation
Peter Fleischmann, CFRE
Burt P. Flickinger
Mitch Flynn
Patrick Flynn, CFRE
Donna Gioia
George M. Goodyear
Dr. Carmine A. Grande, ACFRE
Robert M. Greene, Esq.
Earle Hannel, CFRE
Anne E. Hayes, CFRE
Ingram Micro
The Josephine Goodyear Foundation
Joy Family Foundation
Junior League of Buffalo, Inc.
Ruth H. Kahn
Mark A. Kelso
KISS 98.5
Adam B. Korn
Lake Shore High School Students
Lawley Service Insurance Group
Holly Levy
The Lipke Foundation/Gibraltar Steel
M&T Bank
Maid of the Mist Corp.
Dr. Horace Mann
Marine Midland Bank
Frank J. McGuire
Eleanor V. Millonzi
Mitchel, DeTine & Neiler, Inc.
John A. Mitchell
Carl & Carol Montante
The John R. Oishei Foundation
Parkview Health Services
Richard & Karen Penfold
Dr. Charles Rand Penny
Pepsi Cola Buffalo Bottling
Warren Perry, Ph.D.
David Pietrowski
Peter Poth
Potters Road Elementary, Grade 5
Praxair Inc.
Victor & Corrine Rice
Rotary District 709
Samuel J. Savarino
Paul Schoellkopf
Melba V. Seibold
Brittany Stallard
Stand Advertising
Joseph T.L. Stewart
Margaret G. Swift
The Trillium Floral Shoppe
Margaret S. Turner, CFRE
Tops Markets, Inc.
Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
Variety Club of Buffalo
Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation
Elayne G. Wels
The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
The Western New York Foundation
Wegman’s Food Markets
West Herr Automotive Group
Westwood Squibb
Williamsville East High School Service Club
Robert L. Wilson
WBEN - Q102 Radio
WGRZ-TV Channel 2
WIVB-TV Channel 4
WKBW-TV News Channel 7
David & Susan Zebro