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Honor Roll Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

James A. B ourne, vice chairman of Gurney, Becker & Bourne, is the newly elected chairman of the board of directors of the Children's Guild Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health care, education, research and therapeutic recreation programs and services for children with special needs and their families.

Other new officers are: vice chairman, John H. Edholm Sr.; treasurer, Robert L. Lupica; and secretary, Susan G. Koessler.

Elected to three-year terms as new members of the board directors are: Colleen P. Fahey, Renee A. Filip and Robert J. Truesdell.

The Children's Guild Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations within the eight counties of Western New York that provide opportunities and services for children with medical, behavioral, developmental, learning and mental health issues. In addition, the foundation supports research projects in the area of pediatric developmental disabilities.


Two cake decorators recently placed first in the amateur division of the gingerbread-house decorating contest sponsored by Gilda's Club Western New York, as part of its 2008 Gingerbread- Gifts-Glitz-at Gilda's Club fundraising event.

Judy Kuzan and Amy Darcy split the first-place prize of $250 for their entry. The contest was open to cake decorators throughout Western New York. Gingerbread houses were then auctioned off at the event, with the proceeds going to Gilda's Club.

"We had some incredible gingerbread houses submitted this year in every category," said Terri Campbell, event chairwoman. "They were a huge hit with the guests who attended our event, and we had no problem selling each and every one of the houses."

Judges for the gingerbread house contest included Connie Walmsley, past president of the American Culinary Federation of Greater Buffalo, and Dorothy Johnston, co-owner of Cafe in the Square in Snyder and full-time culinary arts professor at Erie Community College City Campus.


Marian C. Meyers has been named associate vice president for institutional advancement at Trocaire College. She has served as the director of grants for the past three years. With this appointment, Meyers will continue to play a major role in grant writing, as well as assume additional responsibilities in donor relations and fundraising.

Meyers began her career as a registered nurse. She was appointed as the first lay director of the registered nursing program at Trocaire, then was selected as dean of allied health programs and later served as Trocaire vice president for development and public relations.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing and a doctorate in educational administration. She has acted as an educational consultant for seven other collegiate institutions and six nonprofit organizations.


Honors in business, agriculture and volunteer service have been announced by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, and the 2008 recipients will be recognized at a March 7 dinner.

The honor for volunteerism will go to Betty Lapp, who has been active in numerous organizations. A special service recognition award will go to the Mancuso family and two fourth-generation members, Rick and Ben Mancuso, who operated the restaurant in Batavia founded in 1930 by their grandfather, Dominic C. Mancuso. The sports-themed restaurant is now known as T. F. Brown's. Business of the Year is Roxy's Music Store, founded in 1959 and operated in recent years by Rose Caccamise, daughter of the founder, accordionist Roxy Caccamise. Tom Rivers , a staff writer for the Batavia Daily News, will receive an award for a series on farming, particularly migrant farming in the area.


The New York Bar Foundation conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on attorney Maryann Saccomando Freedman during the annual dinner meeting of the Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation in the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Saccomando Freedman was the first woman president of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association.

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