Child & Family Services honored four of its own Wednesday evening during its annual Meeting and Celebration of Friends.
"Volunteerism is extremely important to a not-for-profit organization like ours," Eugene Meeks, president and CEO, told 70 people during a reception in Lockwood Library, 844 Delaware Ave.
Ellen T. Kennedy, chairwoman of the advocacy committee and a longtime board member, was presented the John N. Walsh Jr. Board Appreciation Award for her "deep commitment to the spirit of volunteerism and dedication to children and families."
She joined the board in 1992 after 16 years as a staff member and pioneer in the field of child abuse and neglect, and is now on the social work faculty of Buffalo State College.
The Stanley G. Falk Memorial Award for Distinguished Educators was presented to Martha Sanfilippo, a high school history teacher at the Falk School's Cambridge Campus.
She was cited for her success in raising the levels of achievement of students who have significant learning disabilities or difficult home situations.
The William B. Hoyt Memorial Advocacy Award was presented to Babette Sullivan, president of the AIDS Network of Western New York.
A registered nurse, she has worked for the past 17 years with Parents & Children Together at Women & Children's Hospital, where she is the HIV Program coordinator.
Kristin Addotta, benefits specialist in the human resources department of Child & Family Services, received the Janet B. Wattles Staff Award.
She was cited for her willingness to try new ideas and her eagerness to assist employees when they are struggling through difficult times.