Foundation Events

  • ATHENA Award Reception Thursday, November 19
  • Pigskins & Pints - A Wing Fest Event Sunday, November 13
  • Cosimo's Celebrity Server Dinner Thursday, March 30
  • The Chamber Foundation Spotlight

    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
    • Dr. Pamela Edington, 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. 

     

    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