The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation presented the 15th Annual Community Service Awards Sunday at the City Center. Over 250 guests were in attendance to recognize Joseph Dalton, Heather Mabee and Pat and Lew Titterton for their involvement and contributions to our community
Guests arrived and were treated to Bloody Marys and mimosas, before sitting to a delicious brunch donated generously by Steve Sullivan and Longfellow’s Restaurant.
President of the Rotary Education Foundation Greg Grieco welcomed the group and kicked off the program that began with the presentation of awards. Steve Heidorn introduced the first recipient, former Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President, Joseph Dalton and had the crowd in stitches with jokes about ‘Broadway Joe’. As Dalton accepted his award, he spoke about the importance of volunteerism in Saratoga and its significance in the development of our community. Equally important Dalton added, is recognizing the volunteerism of those who serve in our armed forces as they are responsible for preserving our way of life as Americans. Linda Toohey was the next speaker and detailed the myriad of leadership roles and astonishing breadth of community involvement from Heather Mabee, the second honoree. Heather graciously accepted her award and spoke lovingly about her husband and family who enabled her passion for volunteerism, as well as recognizing Florence Andresen for her incredible efforts in organizing the luncheon.
Saratoga Springs High School Senior Davawn Hartz took the stage next and introduced Pat and Lewis Titterton, beautifully articulating their contributions to our community, highlighting their work as founders of Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, a program in which Davawn is currently participating. As Pat and Lew accepted their award, they both echoed the importance of volunteerism and spoke passionately about the scholars in their program, who have flourished. All of the recipients received a standing ovation from the audience which included several past honorees such as Bill and Susan Dake, Charles Wait, Dave Patterson, Jeanette Jordan, Tom Roohan, Anne Palamountain and others. The brunch concluded with the announcement of several new scholarships and a performace by Skidmore College’s a capella group, the Dynamics.
Also spotted in the crown were Brien and Cindy Hollowood, Amy and Rod Sutton, Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Congressman Paul Tonko, Commissioners Skip Scirroco and Michele Madigan and Charlie and Mary Lou Wheeler. Over the years $600,000 in scholarships to local students have been awarded and the funds raised throughout the brunch on Sunday will help build the foundation’s endowment for future scholarships for college and post-secondary vocational education to students attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic High School, and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.