- Louise Bingham Bennett, M.D., and Sadiya Omar, visionaries behind the revitalized Somali Community in Western New York. This organization fosters the growth, self-determination, and self-reliance of the Somali community by making them agents of their own advancement.
- Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, founder and artistic director of the Borinquen Dance Theatre, a program encouraging Hispanic students, as well those in other ethnic groups, to stay in school and to develop self-esteem, confidence, and academic achievement.
- Christine Wagner, SSJ, founder (with the Sisters of St. Joseph) and executive director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, which provides health care, counseling, adult education, and social service advocacy to the uninsured in Monroe County.
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Residents of Rochester for virtually all of their lives, Max and Marian Farash cared deeply about their community. In 1988, they established the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation (www.farashfoundation.org), which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Monroe and Ontario Counties, half of them for Jewish projects and programs.