The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva (BGCG) will honor Janet VanLone, personal empowerment instructor for the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, at its annual dinner October 16. VanLone will be recognized as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year.
According to an article in the Finger Lakes Times, VanLone “has served as a board member for Happiness House and Geneva Reads, and she volunteers as a site council member at West Street School.”
HWS students have worked with BGCG youth to produce the event’s grand finale, intended to showcase the children impacted by the BGCG and its supporters.
“We’re really excited to showcase young people in the finale,” the article quotes Kelly Bradley, executive director of the Smith Center for the Arts and member of the club’s Board of Directors. “We want people to leave the dinner knowing they have made a difference in a child’s life and that child is appreciative.”
The full article follows.
Finger Lakes Times
Boys and Girls Club to honor four
October 15, 2014
GENEVA – The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva will hold its 18th annual dinner Thursday at Club 86, presented by Vance Metal Fabricators.
The event honors community members who have made a significant impact supporting the mission of the Geneva club, celebrates the achievements of the club and the Geneva Community Center, and expresses gratitude to partners who have made the organization’s programming possible. It is also one of the most significant annual fundraisers for the club.
Pablo Falbru and Ed Wright will be honored as 2014 Visionaries of the Year; both are members of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. Janet VanLone will be named 2014 Volunteer of the Year, and Ciccino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant will be recognized as the 2014 Business Partner of the Year.
Raised in Geneva, Falbru is a club alum. He credits his mother, his church and the Geneva City School District’s music and arts program in shaping his creative spirit and talents. He attended Finger Lakes Community College and the New England Institute of Art in Boston, and after 6 1/2 years collaborating and experiencing the artists and thinkers of Boston and beyond, he returned to Geneva to build what is now known as the UG Collective, a nonprofit organization focused on the creative and professional development of regional artists.
Wright’s three-decade career in education has included work as an elementary and middle school teacher in North Rose-Wolcott and Geneva, elementary school principal in Ithaca and Geneva, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Geneva. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club, he also serves on the boards of Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union and Ontario County ARC. He is also a lifetime member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Wright has a bachelor’s in elementary school education from Lock Haven University, a master’s in educational administration from State University College at Brockport, and a CAS in education from Brockport.
Formerly a middle school special education teacher, VanLone currently teaches a personal empowerment course, a collaboration and management course, and has supervised student teachers for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She graduated from Shippensburg University and later earned her teaching certification and master’s degree in special education at West Chester University. Since moving to Geneva in 2007, she has served as a board member for Happiness House and Geneva Reads, and she volunteers as a site council member at West Street School. She also is working toward her doctorate degree in teaching and curriculum at Syracuse University.
Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, founded by the Franzone Family, opened on May 29, 1996, at its current corporate location at 22 E. Main St. Waterloo. Since 2011, Ciccino’s has been the partnered food vendor for the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Bowl-A-Thon. President, CEO and founder Salvatore Franzone will attend the dinner with his wife, Kimberly; daughter, Kaitlyn; and sons Salvatore and Nicolo.
Area youth impacted by the services of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and the Community Center will be showing their appreciation in a number of ways. A photographic print by a student of the photography classes at the center will be among the items available for bid during the silent auction, and youth in the art classes have been making favors for attendees to take home as tangible reminders that they have made a difference in kids’ lives. Young people also will be featured in the event’s grand finale, which is being coordinated in part by students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
“We’re really excited to showcase young people in the finale,” said Kelly Bradley, executive director of the Smith Center for the Arts and member of the club’s Board of Directors. “We want people to leave the dinner knowing they have made a difference in a child’s life and that child is appreciative.”
Mike Rusinko of Geneva will serve as master of ceremonies.
The cocktail reception and silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner immediately following.
For tickets or for more information, contact Susan Tolleson at email@example.com or call 759-6060.