Maureen Dore and Geneva Hayden Receive TLC Awards for Charitable Efforts

December 4, 2014 (Syracuse, NY) – At an annual dinner that gathered 21 years’ worth of new and past participants  of The Leadership Classroom (TLC), two classmates took home great honors. Maureen Dore was named the 2014 TLC Grassroots Leader of the Year and Geneva Hayden was presented the TLC Lifetime Achievement Award. The Leadership Classroom, an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation, conducts training with leaders of grassroots community organizations to build the leadership skills needed to effectively improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.  IMG_3852

Dore, a 2013 TLC Classroom graduate has been very active in making a difference in the quality of life of the Northside neighborhood. Among her incredible list of projects, she led efforts to replace Lower Union Park’s playground, co-founded Northside Karate with CNY Karate to provide children with a free karate program and initiated a soccer program at Washington Square Park.

“I’m elated that the Central New York Community Foundation recognizes grassroots efforts, which is something I absolutely love to partake in,” said Dore. “Grassroots efforts strengthen neighborhoods by connecting with the people that reside there.”

The Grassroots Leadership Award is a significant honor; it is awarded to a TLC graduate who has demonstrated success in advocating for and serving his or her neighborhood, ethnic group or community and bears a $1,500 award for the recipient’s organization.

Hayden, presented with the TLC Lifetime Achievement award, is a 1993 inaugural graduate of the TLC Classroom. For the past 25 years, Hayden has dedicated her life to serving the African American children of our community, initially opening her home to neighborhood children and families to teach them reading and to build up the community. Her awareness of community needs led her to found Communities United to Rebuild Neighborhoods, a block-by-block program that engages parents and children in neighborhood pride. As a TLC graduate, Hayden learned the necessary skills to continue growing as a leader in her quest to build her community and has long since worked to empower other neighborhood leaders.IMG_4161

“When you first go to TLC classes you don’t know what to expect, but that program has impacted my life to the fullest because they gave me skills that I didn’t even know were within me,” said Hayden. “The Lifetime Achievement Award is not only for me, but for all the wonderful people who participated and salvaged love and kindness to make the community a special place for young people.”

To view more photos from the dinner please visit here

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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