Foundation Events

  • #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • ATHENA Award Reception Thursday, November 30
  • The Chamber Foundation Spotlight

    Foundation joins #GivingTuesday movement Nov. 28

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc. has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday helps kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

    Contributions on Giving Tuesday to the 2018 Chamber Foundation Campaign aids efforts to continually enhance programming and leadership development curriculum including:

  • Youth Leadership– currently serving over 80 Dutchess County high school students
  • Leadership Dutchess - 29 working adult professionals enrolled in the Class of 2018
  • Leadership Connections Mentorship Program - 38 Poughkeepsie High School students paired with 14 community professionals for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • The Dutchess Youth One Stop Program – currently working with over 130 at-risk youth to complete educational goals and find careers right here in the Hudson Valley.
  • Nearly half-a-million scholarship dollars awarded since 2001.
  • And much more….
  • “With access to increased support and stronger programming, youth and adults find pride in their individual growth and current accomplishments, while developing a vision for the future,” said Foundation Executive Director Nicholas Shannon. “Donor support is vital to ensuring our next generation will be ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow, today.”

    Those who are interested in joining The Chamber Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit chamberfdn.org/campaign.

    For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website www.givingtuesday.org and follow #GivingTuesday on social media.

    Renowned surgeon to speak at ATHENA Awards Nov. 30

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2017 ATHENA Awards Reception will be Dr. Kathy E. Magliato, MD, MBA, FACS.

    Dr. Magliato’s personal and professional successes tie into the ATHENA Leadership Model, which captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence.

    The ATHENA Awards reception, scheduled for Thursday, November 30, will be at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls from 5-8 p.m. and will feature the ATHENA honorees being recognized for their accomplishments in their careers, community volunteer involvement, and willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community. Tickets for the reception are $65 per person.

    Dr. Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. She is currently on staff at Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, California and is the founder, chief executive officer, chief medical officer, and chair of the board of Cordex Systems Inc., a private company that is developing a diagnostic cardiovascular medical device for which she holds the patent. Her keen interest in promoting cardiac health for women led her to be the first woman to ever hold the position of president of the board of the Greater LA County American Heart Association and she was recently promoted to serve on the AHA’s largest affiliate board: the Western States Affiliate. She has been highlighted by the media as an expert in heart disease and has been seen on numerous national networks and television talk shows. Her memoir “Heart Matters” was published in 2010 and was made into a medical drama on NBC in 2015.

    Now in its 12th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Awards focus on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. This year, 11 honorees have been chosen to join the more than 95 local women who have been honored in the past.

    The honorees are:

    • Molly Ahearn, Full Deck Design
    • Diane Allenbaugh, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
    • Kathleen Durham, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
    • Ruthfen Faircloth, Daughters of Sarah
    • Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project
    • Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Lori A. Jiava, Town of Wappinger
    • Annette Marzan, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley
    • Irene Monck, Gilman Ciocia
    • Dr. Greer Rychcik, Hyde Park Central School District
    • Rachel Saunders, Esq., Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

    The Gold Sponsors are IBM and KeyBank. Silver Sponsors include The Arc of Dutchess, Mackey Butts & Wise LLP, ServiceMaster Restore by NEST, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank. The Bronze Sponsors are Dutchess Community College; McCabe & Mack LLP, Attorneys-At-Law; and Mid-Hudson Subaru and Rhinebeck Ford. The Profile Sponsor is Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. The Supporting Sponsors are Adams Fairacre Farms and The Chazen Companies. A VIP Reception was presented by MidHudson Regional Hospital and sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Wainwright Financial Solutions.

    For more information, contact Lauren at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or email frontdesk@dcrcoc.org.

     

    2017 ATHENA Honorees named

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is excited to announce its 2017 ATHENA International honorees. Chosen by a selection committee comprised of the past three years’ honorees, these individuals demonstrated strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community.

    The honorees are:

    • Molly Ahearn, Full Deck Design
    • Diane Allenbaugh, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
    • Kathleen Durham, Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
    • Ruthfen Faircloth, Daughters of Sarah
    • Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project
    • Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Lori A. Jiava, Town of Wappinger
    • Annette Marzan, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley
    • Irene Monck, Gilman Ciocia
    • Dr. Greer Rychcik, Hyde Park Central School District
    • Rachel Saunders, Esq., Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

    The ATHENA Award Reception will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls and will feature the ATHENA awards being presented to the individuals.

    The gold sponsor is KeyBank and the silver sponsors include ServiceMaster Restore by NEST and Tompkins Mahopac Bank. A private VIP reception, presented by MidHudson Regional Hospital and sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Wainwright Financial, will be held on Thursday, November 2.

    Now in its 12th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to members of the community who best embody the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence. Last year, 11 honorees were chosen.

     

    Tickets for the ATHENA Awards Reception on November 30 are available at ChamberFDN.org. For more information, contact Lauren at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or email frontdesk@dcrcoc.org.

     

    Gala to benefit The Chamber Foundation

    The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Dutchess announced they will host its inaugural Ballroom Dance Gala and Showcase on Friday, July 21from 6-11 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center to benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

    The theme is “Broadway Spectacular!” Dancers will perform to songs that have graced the time-honored stages of Broadway.

    The event begins with a cocktail hour including beer and wine, followed by the Broadway Dance Showcase, dinner, and dancing to live music by Crazy Feet.

    Tickets to this formal event are $120 per person and can be purchased by calling the studio at (845) 297-2711.

    KidVenture takes over Poughkeepsie this weekend

    Hudson Valley KidVenture comes to the City of Poughkeepsie this Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21!

    Designed for kids of all ages, this interactive and educational event features activities, live performances, demonstrations, technology exhibits, street performers, and so much more – all included in the price of admission!

    KidVenture will also feature a Boy Scouts’ climbing wall, Carmella the Therapy Pony, Illusionist Ryan Dutcher, Bee Bee the Clown, demonstrations from Food Network’s “Chopped” Champion Chef Dafna Mizrahi, Two by Two Zoo, exotic reptiles and birds of pray, over 20 vehicles at the Touch-A-Truck exhibit (Saturday only), Comic Con superheroes, special princess appearances, two huge model train exhibits, and kid-friendly, hands-on activities galore including a hot-air balloon playhouse!

    Food trucks with delicious offerings will line the street and some local merchants plan to have specials all day!

    The event will spread out through the central business district in downtown Poughkeepsie, including Market Street, The ChangePoint Theatre, Dutchess County DMV parking lot, part of Main Street, and inside the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

    Tickets are available at hvkidventure.org. Discount advance sale tickets—for adults and children over 3 years old—are $8 per day through Friday, May 19. Tickets at the gate are $10. Weekend passes are $12 online only through Friday. All proceeds benefit The Chamber Foundation and come right back to our community.

    KidVenture is rain or shine.

    Questions? Call The Chamber Foundation, Inc. at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026.

     

    Exhibitors wanted for Hudson Valley KidVenture

    As spring arrives and with it the desire to get rid of cabin fever, everyone should mark their calendars for Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and 21st for the inaugural Hudson Valley KidVenture, hosted by The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

    This expo-style event will highlight businesses and nonprofits while offering children of all ages interactive and educational activities. Exhibitor space is still available for Chamber members and nonmembers to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to reach a large, regional audience all while helping to provide a weekend of adventure, discovery, and learning.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get in front of our community,” said Nicholas Shannon, executive director of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. “Both Dutchess County Regional Chamber members and nonmembers are encouraged to get involved in what is sure to be a signature event in the Hudson Valley.”

    Tickets and registration forms are available at hvkidventure.org. The weekend will feature exhibitors’ activities, food trucks, Touch-a-Truck, live music, performances, demonstrations, and so much more. All proceeds will benefit The Chamber Foundation.

    “We are very excited about everything we are planning,” Shannon said. “KidVenture is going to be an incredible event that will include a full weekend of interactive activities, performances, demonstrations and hands-on learning and experiences for kids of all ages.”

    KidVenture will take over Market Street, The Changepoint Theatre, and the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in the City of Poughkeepsie and is being presented by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., IBM, ShopRite, and Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Gold sponsor is the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Abilities First is the Accessibility and Inclusion Sponsor. Silver Sponsors are Camp Hillcroft, Fidelis Care, RBT CPAs, LLP, Royal Carting Service Company, TEG Federal Credit Union, and Mobile Life Support Services. Media sponsors are iHeart Media, Pamal Broadcasting, and Poughkeepsie Journal Media. Community Partners are ChangePoint Theater, the City of Poughkeepsie, Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Page Park Associates, and Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.

    Contact Monica Relyea of Monica Relyea Events, event coordinator of KidVenture for The Chamber Foundation, to register as an exhibitor or with questions. Email her at hvkidventure@chamberfdn.org.

    Adult, youth leadership programming applications open

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for its adult and youth leadership and mentorship programming as part of its ongoing mission to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills, and foster a commitment to community service.

    To apply for any of the programs available or for more information, visit chamberfdn.org.

    The Career Achievement Mentorship Program is a yearlong program designed to provide a fulfilling mentor relationship, connecting experienced professionals with aspiring talent at any stage of his or her career development for a supportive, one-on-one relationship. Each pair must be able to meet at least once a month, plus dedicate time throughout the month to focus on achieving goals. The deadline to apply for either mentees or mentors is March 1, 2017.

    Do you want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within your organization and/or community? Are you ready to uncover, deepen and build upon your natural strengths as a leader, but need support in exploring the challenges of effective leadership? If you answered yes to any of these questions, submit an application for The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess program. The program has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within the community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2017.

    Lastly, incoming high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for the Youth Leadership program, an innovative, leadership development program designed to grow the academic, social and life skills of area youth. Students will have opportunities for substantive interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education, and professionals from local industries. For the first year, sophomores participate in Junior Achievement working on the formation of a student-run company including stock sales, product selection, and sales and marketing techniques. During the second year, juniors participate in college/real world preparation sessions about résumé writing, interview skills, college applications, and finance education including a 20-hour business internship. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2017.

    Foundation announces 2017 Scholarships

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for a broad array of scholarships as part of its ongoing mission to aid local students seeking to further their education.

    Since 2002, The Chamber Foundation has awarded nearly half a million dollars in scholarships. To apply for any of the scholarships available this year or for more information, candidates should visit chamberfdn.org/scholarships-1.

    All applications must be submitted online via the scholarship portal hosted by The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Applicants should create a login ID and password and will then be able to access his or her application at any time. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2017.

    The ATHENA Adult Scholarship was established to encourage increased leadership roles for women in our community. This scholarship is available to any female who works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has been out of high school for at least five years, and is pursuing education at an accredited New York State college, university or trade school, or through an accredited online educational program while maintaining residency in Dutchess County.

    Established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to honor his memory, the Cosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts Scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley (counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster) who is pursuing a career at the Culinary Institute of America. Student must be accepted (or currently enrolled) at the CIA and planning to attend within the next six months. If currently enrolled, student must have residency in the Hudson Valley for at least five years.

    To honor past-President Charlie North and his love of music, and to encourage the pursuit of music and arts in education; the Charles S. North Scholarship for Music & Art is available to any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Dutchess County and is majoring in music performance, music/art education or visual arts (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture) at an accredited college or university in the United States.

    The family of Eileen Hickey and The Chamber established the Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship (Sponsored by The Pines at Poughkeepsie) to honor Hickey’s memory. This scholarship is available to any resident of Dutchess County who is pursuing a career in nursing at a college in New York State.

    Established by the Lafuente family, The Juan Lafuente Leadership Scholarship memorializes Juan, husband of former-City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Collette, who lost his life during the attacks on September 11, 2001. Candidates for this scholarship must be a resident of Dutchess County. Awards are based on the student’s demonstration of academic achievement – especially in the areas of math and science; leadership contributions to school and community; and character. The student also must plan to attend an accredited New York State college, university, or trade school.

    The Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Nussbickel family and the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Foundation in memory of Norman F. Nussbickel. The scholarship also honors his wife, Rita, who passed in 2006. This scholarship is for graduating seniors from John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, Beacon, or Arlington high schools who have demonstrated strong academic, athletic, and community service while in high school.

    Established by the Lant family to support the achievement of a Bachelor’s Degree, The Steven and Linda Lant Family Scholarship for Business and Finance is available to any Dutchess County high school senior or Dutchess Community College student entering an accredited Bachelor’s Degree program pursuing a major in economics, business or finance at a New York State college. The Lant family has established this scholarship to support students with the motivation, work ethic, and academic skills necessary to succeed at college and in the work force. Financial need is considered. Up to four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

    Established by the family of Richard W. Mitchell and The Chamber to honor his memory, the Richard W. Mitchell Memorial Workforce Development Scholarship is available only to family of Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce members and/or Chamber and Foundation programming participants. The student must be a resident of Dutchess County and face significant economic, physical, developmental, or emotional barrier(s) while advancing his or her education. This scholarship is available for any academic major and is supported by the Hudson Valley Young Professionals.

    Foundation welcomes new Board Members

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is pleased to announce two new members to its Board of Directors.

    Christopher Short of DragonSearch and Robyn Williams of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union fill two board openings. Foundation board members typically serve two, three-year terms.

    Short is the digital marketing and video production specialist for Kingston-based DragonSearch, a search engine optimization, social media marketing, and instructional video production firm. With more than 20 years experience in the technical industry, Short is also a trained performance and growth coach focused on project organization and goal setting.

    Williams is a branch manager for Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. She brings more than 20 years of management experience in the financial and banking industry, Williams has seen record success in leadership, sales and coaching.

    Both are graduates of The Chamber Foundation’s signature Leadership Dutchess program; Williams from the class of 2008 and Short from the class of 2007. Williams and Short will be valuable assets to the Foundation’s dynamic board of directors, helping to develop the region’s leaders through its signature programming.

     

    Foundation celebrates 11 ATHENA Honorees

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc. celebrated the 11 honorees of the 2016 ATHENA International Awards at a reception on November 17 at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls.

    Chosen by a selection committee composed of the past three years’ honorees, these individuals demonstrated strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community.

    In the past, honorees were selected and one was chosen to represent the group, effectively diminishing the much-deserved recognition of the others. This year, The Foundation modified the process to not select one representative, but to charge each honoree with the task of being an advocate for the ATHENA model.

    Now in its 11th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to members of the community who best embody the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence.

    The 2016 honorees are:

    • Gloria Cukar, MidHudson Regional Hospital
    • Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D., Dutchess Community College
    • Renée Fillette, Ph.D, Astor Services for Children & Families
    • Lauren Gillett, Chazen Companies
    • Krista Jones, Sparrow's Nest
    • Cynthia Keller, The Culinary Institute of America
    • Kelly Lyndgaard, Unshattered
    • Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank
    • Major Kathleen Sileno, Air National Guard
    • Catherine O. Spratt, MPH, OCN, NE-BC, MidHudson Regional Hospital
    • Bettina "Poet Gold" Wilkerson, R.E.A.L. Skills Network

    The ATHENA Award Reception also featured a keynote address from Jane Bryant Quinn, a nationally known financial journalist.

    Thank you to all of the generous sponsors. Presenting sponsor MidHudson Regional Hospital; gold sponsors KeyBank and IBM; silver sponsors The Arc of Dutchess, Dutchess Community College, LCS Companies, M&T Bank, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank; supporting sponsors Adams Fairacre Farms, Fortress Financial Advisory, Hudson Valley Office Furniture, and the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum; and media sponsor Daily Voice.

    A private VIP reception, sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, was held on November 3rd at Mariapolis Luminosa in Hyde Park.

    Foundation announces 2016 ATHENA Honorees

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is excited to announce its 2016 ATHENA International honorees. Chosen by a selection committee composed of the past three years’ honorees, these individuals demonstrated strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community.

    The honorees are:

    • Gloria Cukar, MidHudson Regional Hospital
    • Pamela R. Edington, Ed.D., Dutchess Community College
    • Renée Fillette Ph.D, Astor Services for Children & Families
    • Lauren Gillett, Chazen Companies
    • Krista Jones, Sparrow's Nest
    • Cynthia Keller, The Culinary Institute of America
    • Kelly Lyndgaard, Unshattered
    • Ruth Mahoney, KeyBank
    • Maj. Kathleen Sileno, Air National Guard
    • Catherine Spratt, MidHudson Regional Hospital
    • Bettina "GOLD" Wilkerson, Real Skills Network

    The ATHENA Award Reception will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 and will feature a keynote address from Jane Bryant Quinn, a nationally known financial journalist, before the ATHENA award is officially presented to one of the individuals, who will represent the Hudson Valley at a regional ATHENA conference.

    Our presenting sponsor is MidHudson Regional Hospital; the gold sponsors are KeyBank and IBM; the silver sponsors include The Arc of Dutchess, Dutchess Community College, LCS Companies, M&T Bank, and Tompkins Mahopac Bank; the supporting sponsor is Fortress Financial Advisory; and our media sponsor is The Daily Voice.

    A private VIP reception, sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, will be held on Thursday, November 3 at Mariapolis Luminosa in Hyde Park.

     

    Now in its 11th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to a member of the community who best embodies the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence. Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, was the Hudson Valley’s most recent ATHENA Award recipient.

     

    Tickets for the ATHENA Awards Reception on November 17 are available to the public at a cost of $60 per person. For more information, contact Chelsea at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000 or email chelsea@dcrcoc.org.

     

    THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2017 FALL SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for its two fall scholarships for the 2017 academic year as part of its ongoing mission to aid local students seeking to further their education.

    This past spring, The Chamber Foundation awarded nearly $55,000 in scholarships. To apply for either of the two scholarships available or for more information, candidates should visit chamberfdn.org/scholarships-1. All applications must be submitted online via the scholarship portal hosted by The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Applicants should create a login ID and password and will then be able to access his or her application at any time. Applications will be accepted through October 7, 2016.

    The ATHENA Adult Scholarship was established by The Chamber and The Chamber Foundation to encourage increased leadership roles for women in our community, this scholarship is available to any female who lives, works or volunteers in Dutchess County, has been out of high school for at least five years and is pursuing education at an accredited New York State college, university or trade school or through an accredited online educational program while maintaining residency in the Mid-Hudson Valley. (Mid-Hudson is defined as Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties). The scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable.

    Established by the family of Cosimo DiBrizzi and The Chamber to honor his memory, The Cosimo DiBrizzi Culinary Arts Scholarship is available to any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley who is pursuing an education at the Culinary Institute of America. The student must be accepted at the CIA and is planning to enroll within the next six months. The student must have residency in the Hudson Valley for at least five years.

     

    Chamber Foundation announces next Leadership Dutchess class

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is proud to welcome the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2017. From 35 applicants, 30 adult professionals were accepted after interviews and committee review. This is the 28th class of Leadership Dutchess, The Foundation’s signature leadership program designed to foster professional development.

    Over a nine-month period, the class will participate in monthly full-day leadership training sessions conducted by regional leaders and experts. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit local tourism destinations and meet with county government officials. Before graduation in June, the class is responsible for planning a fundraising event and participating in a community service day; helping to unite the leadership lessons taught during the program.

    On Thursday, September 15 the program year will commence at The Henry A. Wallace Center at The FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park – the quintessential location right here in the Hudson Valley from where one of America’s great leaders made history.

    Tom Weddell, from RBT Accounting & Consulting Services and honorary graduate of the Class of 2014, and Lisa Morris, from Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and graduate of the Class of 1999, will be guest speakers and throughout the day, participants will have an opportunity to meet each other as well as the Leadership Dutchess committee leads. The session will conclude with a tour of Springwood and the FDR library and museum.

    A welcome reception will be held in the evening for employer sponsors, board members, Alumni mentors, and program sponsors to formally welcome the class.

    Below are the participants of the Class of 2017!

    For more information on Leadership Dutchess, please contact Executive Director Nicholas Shannon at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1026 or visit chamberfdn.org/programs/leadership-dutchess. Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2018.

    LEADERSHIP DUTCHESS, CLASS OF 2017:

    Rene Marie Barnes – Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

    Ian Becker – Evisions, Inc.

    Melissa Clark – United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

    David Curry – Rhinebeck Bank

    J. Dewey – Hudson Valley Community Services

    Nancy DeWitt – Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Michael Evans – Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

    Corey Gallagher – Rondout Savings Bank

    Theresa Giovanniello – Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services

    Kaitlin Gisolfi – D'Arcangelo & Co., LLP

    Adrienne Huy – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation

    Meghan Lambert – Dutchess One Stop Career Center

    Christopher J. LaPorta – The Chazen Companies

    Amber Mahmud – MidHudson Regional Hospital

    Deanna Mancuso – Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Inc.

    Caitlin Martin – Safeguard of the Hudson Valley

    Nicholas Mauro – Marist College

    Gennaro Mazzella – KeyBank

    Meghan McInerney - Shero Designs, Inc.

    James McKenna – Tompkins Financial Advisors

    Kevin Mushett – Day Seckler LLP

    Mark E. Noteboom – New York Air National Guard

    David Orce – Adams Fairacre Farms

    John Pacos – RBT Accounting & Consulting Services

    Laurien Rabadi – Pentair

    Kate Rabe – Kate Rabe Consulting

    Lisa Reed – Rhinebeck Bank

    Cindy M. Smith – Cindy M. Smith, CPA

    Peter Stusvick – M&T Bank

    Sarah Weikel – Spark Media Project

    Dutchess Chamber, Foundation hires, promotes staffers

    The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber Foundation, Inc. announce the promotion of two staff members and welcome two new employees to the team.

    Louise McLoughlin has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Services. McLoughlin has been with the Chamber for 8 years, serving most recently as Vice President of Workforce Development. With her promotion, she will continue to supervise the day-to-day operations of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center and Youth One Stop, and will also lead the member services team of Director of Membership Elena McPhee and the new Director of Business Services, Nancy Dewitt, formerly of The Chamber Foundation.

    DeWitt educates businesses on the resources and benefits of their membership. She assists with facilitating networking connections as well as evaluating and developing strategic marketing plans. Nancy is also the staff liaison for the Ambassador Committee. DeWitt has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare and marketing industries.

    Joining The Foundation is Brianne Kelly as the new Programming Coordinator. She will be responsible for coordinating all Foundation programming, development and event management. A Hudson Valley resident, Kelly recently returned from a 27-month tour with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Bouarfa, Morocco, working with youth and women on topics such as leadership, empowerment, gender development, AIDS/HIV awareness, health and fitness, volunteerism, employability skills, and English as a foreign language.

    Jean Harris also recently joined the Chamber as Director of Events. Harris oversees all Chamber events, coordinating services such as venues, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and helping with promotion. Harris has 26 years experience in marketing and advertising at the Poughkeepsie Journal before she joined the Chamber.

    “We’re thrilled to continue our culture of promoting from within as well as welcoming new, talented additions to our team. I am confident each will play an important role in our ongoing efforts to serve our local business community,” said the Chamber’s President and CEO Frank Castella, Jr.

    Founded in 1907, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth and development of local businesses and the economy. For more information about Chamber happenings, the complete events calendar, or to find out how we might best serve as an advocate for you and your business, please visit dcrcoc.org.

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. For more information, visit ChamberFDN.org.

    Hudson Valley KidVenture coming to downtown Poughkeepsie in 2017

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit fundraising branch of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced at the chamber’s monthly contact breakfast yesterday that Hudson Valley KidVenture is coming in 2017 to downtown Poughkeepsie on May 20-21.

    Chamber members, guests, and local celebrities including Q92’s Morning Mayor Joe Daily, Hudson Valley Renegades’ mascot Rascal, the Marist mascot Shooter, Pamal Broadcasting’s Hudson Valley Bear and local kids celebrated the exciting news of this weekend-long, family-friendly event and all of the attractions in the works.

    “We are very excited about everything we are planning,” said Nicholas Shannon, executive director of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. “KidVenture is going to be an incredible event that will include a full weekend of interactive activities, performances, demonstrations and hands-on learning and experiences for kids of all ages.”

    KidVenture will take over Market Street, The Changepoint Theatre, and the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in the City of Poughkeepsie and is being presented by IBM and Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Gold sponsor is the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Media sponsors are Q92 and iHeart Media, Pamal Broadcasting and Poughkeepsie Journal Media. All proceeds will benefit The Chamber Foundation. Many sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call Rich Kleban at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1023 for sponsorship information.

    Hudson Valley KidVenture’s theme for 2017 is “Exploring the Hudson Valley” and The Chamber Foundation is currently recruiting vendors, entertainers, food trucks and more. All information including the vendor registration form can be found at hvkidventure.org.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get in front of our community,” Shannon said. “Both Dutchess County Regional Chamber members and nonmembers are encouraged to get involved in what is sure to be a signature event in the Hudson Valley.”

    Tickets for KidVenture can be purchased online at hvkidventure.org in advance for $8 each - $10 at the door.

    Questions should be directed to Monica Relyea of Monica Relyea Events, event coordinator of KidVenture for The Chamber Foundation. She can be reached at (914) 204-2004 or email hvkidventure@chamberfdn.org.

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service. For more information, visit ChamberFDN.org.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Foundation awarded Youth One Stop contract for two years

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the fundraising branch of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is pleased to announce it has been awarded the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board’s Dutchess County Youth One Stop Program for two years.

    “All of the proposals were very strong and uniquely qualified,” said Laraine Kautz, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. “At the end of the process, the Youth One Stop Program, now at The Chamber Foundation, was selected because of the impressive program that the team has created.  They meet the young adults where they are in life and elevate them to where they can succeed in the workforce.  They did a remarkable job in the first two years, learning curve and all. It will be exciting to see how their experience and very ambitious vision grows Youth One Stop over the next two years.”

    Youth One Stop, formerly under the auspices of The Chamber, is a comprehensive education and job-training program utilizing local resources to benefit at-risk youth in Dutchess County.

    “The Youth One Stop is a great program that motivates and pushes us to work towards the goals we want for ourselves and helps us when we feel we are not where we want to be in life and are not sure how to get there,” said Tatiana Cintron, a Youth One Stop participant.

    The program is open to income-eligible Dutchess County youth—including youth with disabilities and youth in foster care ages 16-29—who are facing obstacles inhibiting them from completing school, finishing their High School Equivalency or gaining employment.  Participants explore career options in the community and gain practical experience through jobs and internships as well as gaining access to tutoring, mentorship and degree/certification programs.  

    “The Youth One Stop and its staff of mentors has made a name for itself as a valuable asset to the community and of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for two years. Now, under The Chamber Foundation, can only grow and continue to contribute to the county’s economic growth by supporting employers and job seekers through its resources and services,” said Frank Castella, Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and President of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. “We are proud to work cooperatively with the DC WIB and the more than 30 community agencies we partner with on a regular basis to deliver exceptional mentoring to our participants.”

    The Dutchess County Youth One Stop provides access to skilled, pre-screened workers for employers as well as on-the-job and customized training opportunities. For the job seeker, career preparation and counseling, training or employment advancement opportunities and a full service resource room are also available.

    “The Youth One Stop is amazing; through all my ups and downs they [are] right there by my side. My case manager does everything in her power to find a solution to any problem that I have. They’re truly a blessing and wonderful people to have during the good and bad times of my life,” said Takeisha Smith, a Youth One Stop participant.

    For a full list of services and more information, visit the Dutchess County Youth One Stop website at www.myyos.org or call (845) 454-7629. The Dutchess County Youth One Stop is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 407 in Poughkeepsie.

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc. aims toprovide educational opportunities, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service for youth and the workforce. For more about the Chamber Foundation, visit www.chamberfdn.org


    Youth Leadership program helps develop skills


    The Youth Leadership program aims to help local high school students develop academic, social and life skills and provides them with out-of-the-classroom leadership experiences.  A two-year program, Youth Leadership focuses on helping students look beyond high school and providing them with tools to prepare for their futures.

    The program is open to any sophomore or junior at a public or private high school in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, and sophomores are particularly encouraged to apply.  If you know of a student who could benefit from participating, click here for details or call Nick Shannon at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026 with questions. 

     

    Foundation Accepting ATHENA Nominations

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc. announced it is accepting ATHENA International Awards nominations at the recent International Women’s Day celebration held at Dutchess Community College on March 8th. Nominations will be accepted through June 2, 2017.

    Now in its 12th year here in the Hudson Valley, the ATHENA Award is given to members of the community who best embody the ATHENA Leadership Model, which focuses on the personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of courageous acts and fierce advocacy in pursuit of excellence. The ATHENA Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and a willingness to serve as a mentor – especially to women in the business community.

    In the past, honorees have been selected and one was chosen to represent the group, effectively diminishing the much-deserved recognition of the others. For the second year, The Foundation will charge each honoree with the task of being an advocate for the ATHENA model.

    The ATHENA Award Honorees will be recognized in November.

    Youth Leadership Participants Honored at Ceremony

    More than 70 student participants in The Chamber Foundation, Inc.’s Youth Leadership Program were honored at a recognition dinner held June 3 at The Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls.

    The Youth Leadership program aims to help local high school students develop academic, social and life skills and provides them with out-of-the-classroom leadership experiences. A two-year program, Youth Leadership focuses on helping students look beyond high school and providing them with tools to prepare for their futures.

    This is accomplished in part through monthly meetings featuring local community leaders and professionals who talk to the students about a variety of leadership and life-skill topics, such as team building, communication and public speaking, money management, diversity, college planning, ethics and finance.

    “The Chamber Foundation is very proud of this year’s Youth Leadership students. We have seen growth in their confidence and ability to take on challenges both academically and personally,” said Nicholas Shannon, executive director of The Chamber Foundation, Inc. “We are confident that the lessons they have learned will benefit them well into their future.”

    The program splits the students into two tracks focusing on specific skills. Track One, the Junior Achievement Track, is typically for sophomores, and encourages the students to form their own student-based company. In the process, they learn about stock sales and product selection as well as sales and marketing techniques. Students in this track also are asked to complete 10 hours of community service.

    Track Two, the Career, Education and Life Skills Track, is geared toward juniors and focuses on preparation for life after high school, including résumé writing, interview skills, college applications and paying for college. As part of this track, students must complete 20-hour internships in their fields of interest.

    Students may also complete college-level coursework through the program. Marist College offers discounted courses to juniors and seniors participating in Dutchess Leadership through its Greystone Program. Student Billy Smart was recognized at the dinner for having taken a Marist College course through the program that earned three college credits for $200, saving him nearly $2,000.

    The program offered this year’s students a variety of experiences, including a dinner in the Marist College dining hall to give them a taste of campus life. They also went on a trip to Sharpe Reservation for a day of team building and took a Youth Leadership Tour of Dutchess County, visiting sites including Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the Trevor Zoo, Madava Farms – Home of Crown Maple Syrup and The Culinary Institute of America. The exposure to these diverse valley destinations was intended to acquaint students with a wide range of career possibilities.

    Enrollment is open for next year’s youth leadership program. The program is open to any sophomore or junior at a public or private high school in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis, and sophomores are particularly encouraged to apply. If you know of a student who could benefit from participating, visit www.chamberfdn.org/programs/youth-leadership for details or call Nick Shannon at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026 with questions. The application deadline has been extended to June 19.

    The Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by IBM and The Gap, Inc.; the Youth Leadership Recognition Dinner was sponsored by DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and Health Quest.

    The Chamber Foundation, Inc., is the fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce that aims to provide educational opportunities, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service for youth and the workforce. For more about the Chamber Foundation, visit www.chamberfdn.org