Born on September 16, 1930, in Syracuse, NY, Robert (Bob) grew up on a 71-acre farm near Plainville, NY, a property that had been in his family since 1835. Bob’s early education took place in a small two-room schoolhouse, followed by high school at Baldwinsville...

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Lucy McLean grew up in Utica and pursued a career with the U.S. Customs Agency. She became the first female inspector at the U.S. Port at Alexandria Bay, NY, among other assignments. Neither Lucy nor her sister Ellen married or had children. Fredericka, a third...

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Pauline “Polly” was born April 2, 1931 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Henry and Susanne Monz and was named after her maternal grandmother. Polly was a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University...

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When Martha Leopold was young, she came down with the chicken pox, causing damage to her ear and permanent hearing loss. Nevertheless, her parents always supported her and helped her overcome whatever barriers she faced. They encouraged her to travel, get involved in the community...

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Our 5forCNY Fund pools dollars from generous community members seeking to make a difference. Grants are distributed from this fund through our Community Grantmaking process, which addresses the region’s greatest needs. This fund will provide grants to organizations anywhere in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga and...

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David Roland Bacon was born and raised in Syracuse and graduated from Nottingham High School. A 1952 graduate of Cornell University School of Mechanical Engineering and member of Phi Kappa Psi, David then served two years in the US Army Ordnance Corp, at Aberdeen, MD....

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During the Great Depression, Harold and Mary Leonard lived modest lives, rarely spending lavishly on themselves. Their frugality led to an “overflowing cup” from which they poured out generously to their church, charities and other organizations they believed in. Mary had an outsized, compassionate heart...

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Peter P. Zerebny was a lifelong resident of Central New York. Early on he became a local business owner and spent a great deal of time giving back in a number of ways. Peter created this fund to support the broad and ever-changing needs within...

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The Marsellus family has a long history of giving to the Central New York community. Their support dates back to 1973 when John D. Marsellus’s father, John F. Marsellus, established a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation, which for nearly 30 years administered his charitable...

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