October 15, 2015

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Tonight! Golisano Foundation 
Celebrates  30th Anniversary with 300+ Friends! 
Olympics Chair Timothy Shriver to Speak
Move to Include Awards to Be Presented
Grant Recipient Organizations Honored
The Golisano Foundation  will celebrate its 30th Anniversary tonight with more than 300 leaders from many of the organizations it has helped over the years. The celebration includes a dinner reception and the first ever Move to Include Awards. 

The Foundation is one of the nation's leading private foundations dedicated exclusively to helping people with intellectual disabilities find pathways to self-sufficiency, personal dignity, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. 

The celebration will also honor Foundation founder and Chairman,Tom Golisano, whose philanthropy has now exceeded $257,000,000, more than a quarter of a billion dollars. 

Special Olympics Chairman, Dr. Timothy Shriver, the son of Special Olympics Founder Eunice Shriver, will speak, as will r enowned photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the  Positive Exposure Photographic Exhibition  on view until Sunday at George Eastman Museum.

Thursday, October 15 from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (by invitation only) 
George Eastman Museum (900 East Ave, Rochester)


Tom Golisano
Chairman, Golisano Foundation and Paychex
Timothy Shriver
Chairman, Special Olympics International
Rick Guidotti
Founder and Director, Positive Exposure
Ann Costello
Director, Golisano Foundation

  • Recipients of the first Move to Include Awards (see below)
  • Models in the Positive Exposure Exhibition
  • Laura Saxby Lynch, Director Corporate Communications for Paychex, Emcee
The  Move to Include Awards  will recognize the following individuals who believe and act in the purest realm of the essence of "move to include." Each recipient will receive a Steuben crystal award presented by Tom Golisano and Ann Costello.

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Julie J. ChristensenPhD, LMSW
Director of Employment Programs for the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, for expanding workforce development opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities through the Project Search program and other initiatives. Read more

Rick Guidotti
Founder and Director of Positive Exposure for his work internationally in raising public awareness and educating people to understand and see the beauty in human diversity and our shared humanity. Read more

Daniel M. Meyers
President of Al Sigl Community of Agencies, for a lifetime commitment and achievement on behalf of people with intellectual and other disabilities. Read more

Martha Mock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Innovative Transition at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education for increasing college options for students with intellectual disabilities. Read more

Joseph A. Ruffolo
President and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for providing model, innovative community-based integrated health services for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more

Shirley F. Szekeres, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director of the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and former Dean of the School of Health and Human Services for her commitment and contributions to educate and train the next generation of health clinicians and human service professionals to serve people with disabilities. Read more

30 Years of opening doors, changing perceptions, and forging partnerships

The Golisano Foundation was founded in 1985 with an initial gift of $90,000 from Tom Golisano, the founder and Chairman of Paychex. Golisano and his family were determined to ensure that individuals with intellectual disabilities are valued as people who can contribute and be a vital part of our community - as good students, good neighbors and good workers. 
Thirty years later the Foundation has become one of the nation's leading private foundations dedicated exclusively to helping people with intellectual disabilities. It has opened doors, changed perceptions, and forged partnerships to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with pathways to self-sufficiency, personal dignity, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes.
Now with more than $32 million in gross assets the Foundation has awarded more than $19.5 million in grants, about $1.5 million annually, to non-profit organizations primarily in a multi-county region surrounding Rochester, New York serving people of all ages with intellectual disabilities. 

Tom Golisano's giving through his Foundation and to other organizations reached a milestone this year, exceeding a quarter billion dollars ($250,000,000). His generosity has supported colleges and universities, hospitals, international health care for people with intellectual disabilities, and many other causes. While the majority of his giving has been to organizations in Western, New York, the region where he was born and established his business, his giving has also supported organizations in Florida, where Golisano now lives.  And he recently extended his reach on the international stage with a $25 million gift to Special Olympics. 
Positive Exposure Exhibition Continues Through October 18
The Positive Exposure Exhibition opened October 2 and continues through October 18 at George Eastman Museum , located at 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.  It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission to Positive Exposure is free.
The exhibition features more than 50 images including the premiere of portraits taken by renowned photographer Rick Guidotti of twenty amazing people in the Rochester community who have intellectual disabilities, 29 images from Guidotti's permanent Positive Exposure Exhibition and images from the 2015 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles.