FCAA has annual celebration

Denis E, Wilson, Sr., Executive Director/CEO of Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc. presenting a plaque to Ann Black, Deputy Executive Director/CAO of Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc. held its 55th Annual Celebration at the Holiday Inn, on Oct. 26.

More than 40 guests were present at the celebration.

Newly-seated Board Chairperson Laurence Zuckerman, out-going Board Chairperson, Mark Ford, and Executive Director/CEO Denis E. Wilson, Sr. welcomed the guests.

Wilson introduced the head table, public officials, honored guests who were present, members of Fulmont’s Board of Directors, Advisory Councils and Head Start Policy Council.

Wilson thanked the dinner Sponsors: NBT Bank and First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union as the Platinum Corporate Sponsors; Beacon Insurance Agency Group, Inc., Brown’s Ford, Information Systems Division, LLC, Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux, LLP, and St. Mary’s Healthcare as Silver Corporate Sponsors; and Bronze Corporate Sponsors Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes, C. Gerard Marketing, Derby Office Equipment, Don’s Electric & Plumbing, Driscoll Foods, EFPR Group, LLP, Leader Herald, Lou’s Electric of Amsterdam, River Ridge Living Center, Rose & Kiernan, Inc., Superior Insulation Co., LLC, and United Ag & Turf NE, LLC.

The Fulmont staff was introduced to the guests.

Keynote Speaker, the Honorable Philip V. Cortese, Montgomery County Family Court judge, addressed the guests. He commented on the value of all the Fulmont programs that impact and improve the lives of many in our community, and the importance that Fulmont promotes providing a path for individuals to achieve self-sufficiency.

Wilson, Sr. then recognized the out-going Chairperson, Mark Ford, and Vice Chairperson, Linda Frederick for the many years they dedicated as officers of Fulmont’s Board of Directors, and were presented with plaques of appreciation. Cortese then conducted a swearing-in ceremony for the new Chairperson, Laurence Zuckerman, and Vice Chairperson, Christian Manns.

The John G. Boshart Award, Fulmont’s Annual Community Service Award for Montgomery County, was presented to Price Chopper #164 in Palatine Bridge, NY, and Fulton County YMCA was recognized with the Anthony C. Buanno Award, Fulmont’s Annual Community Service Award for Fulton County.

Employee Service Awards, in the form of service pins and certificates of recognition or a plaque, were presented by Denis E. Wilson, Sr. to Bobbi Kennedy and Donna Ward for 10 years of service and Michael McDonald for 15 years of service. Ann Black, who is the Deputy Executive Director/CAO, received special recognition for achieving 45 years of employment with Fulmont. She received a plaque and a Resolution from Fulmont honoring her achievement. She also received a Proclamation from Montgomery County Executive, Matthew Ossenfort, and a letter from Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Chairperson, Warren Greene. She was additionally recognized by the New York State Community Action Association and the Community Action Partnership. Additionally, Ann received recognition from various state and federal legislators in the form of certificates and proclamations. And lastly, she received a Citation from New York State Secretary of State, Rossanna Rosado, in which she stated “I, Secretary Rossanna Rosado, do hereby recognize Ann Black for excellence in working to better the lives of low-income New Yorkers and thank Ann Black for her remarkable public service to the state of New York”.

Board of Directors Service Award, in the form of a plaque, was presented by Wilson to Grace Eglin for 35 years of service.

Wilson announced that Fulmont’s annual report was dedicated to Mark Ford, the out-going board chairperson. Ford was presented with a framed copy of the report’s dedication page.

A special award was given to Rusty Lewis for his dedication to the Board of Directors.

An additional special award was presented by community member, Rusty Lewis to Board member Jack Wilson, in appreciation for his dedication and many contributions.

Wilson thanked the Montgomery County Printing Department for printing Fulmont’s Annual Report Book, which was distributed to all guests.

Wilson then announced that Fulmont had received an award from Jaqueline Orr, the chief executive officer of the New York State Community Action Association for showing exemplary dedication and perseverance during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recognition was given to the Holiday Inn and all who contributed to the success of the event.

Wilson thanked Bob Dulysz of White Cottage Gardens in Amsterdam for the donation of flowers for Black.


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