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Celebrate the Power of Women's Friendship

On a street corner in Seneca Falls in May 1851 Susan B. Anthony & Elizabeth Cady Stanton met for the first time. Their friendship lasted 50 years & transformed our world.

 

Wine, Food & the Roger Eckers Quartet

May 12, 2005 at the Memorial Art Gallery

Lunch with a Leader & Rent-a-Mentor

A silent auction was held to eat at one of Rochester's best restaurants with:
Dee Alexander, Radio Host, WARM 101.3
Rachel August, Executive Director, Seneca Park Zoo Society
The Honorable Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive
Diane Creel, CEO and President, Evocation, Inc.
Carol Ritter Wright, Community Leader and Retired Columnist
Ginny Ryan, Anchor, 13 WHAM News
Naomi Silver, COO, Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.
Elaine Spaull, Executive Director, Center for Youth Services
Kitty Van Bortel, Owner, Van Bortel Subaru

 

Lunch with "Miss Anthony" Auction

This event was auctioned off, in which Barbara Blaisdell will portray "Miss Anthony" and be your hostess for lunch and a tour of the Susan B. Anthony House with 10 of your friends.

 

Sarah McLachlan Concert Ticket Auction

Bid on a set of two Sarah McLachlan Concert Tickets
Performance May 22 at Blue Cross Arena at 7:30 pm

 

Win the 2nd Annual Stand By Me Award

Presented to two women whose friendship, like Stanton & Anthony's, inspires each to take risks, meet critical challenges and fight to make the world more just.

Gifts from this celebration help support Anthony Center programs like the Stanton/Anthony Conversations and Women Leading Local Governments, an ongoing initiative for public policy leaders and women elected to NY's county, city and town governments.

 

154 Years Later—The Power of their Friendship: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Learn more the friendship between these two revolutionary women.

 

Dee Alexander

Dee Alexander, Radio Host, WARM 101.3

Dee Alexander is the Co-Host of "Tony and Dee in the Morning" on Warm 101.3. Tony Infantino and Dee Alexander have been delivering wake-up services with a smile as a Rochester morning radio team since September 1987.

Over the years Tony and Dee have raised money for numerous charities, as well as for their own charitable foundation, the Tony and Dee Spirit Fund, benefiting our community's children whose risk is diminished by positive self esteem. The Tony and Dee Spirit Fund has distributed more than $20,000 to Rochester area non-profit organizations.

Tony and Dee's school assembly program, "See My Spirit Soar" is a 45 minute stage show which goes on the road weekly to area elementary schools, delivering an entertaining message of self-esteem and teamwork.

Dee Alexander is a two-time Athena Award nominee, recipient of the Salvation Army's Catherine Booth Award, the Women in Communications Matrix Award, Rochester area Radio Broadcaster of the Year Award and numerous other community service awards. She shares with Tony the Friend of the Child Award from the Monroe County Youth Services Quality Council. Dee is a member of the Crestwood Children's Foundation Board of Directors, is on the Community Advisory Council of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, volunteers in school and at her church and also hosts dozens of community events each year.

At home, Dee and her husband have two children, a dog, a snail and a snake. Her family, radio work and community activities don't leave her much time, but when she gets a minute, she likes to cook, enjoy nature, play golf, tour homes, go to Italian movies with subtitles and smell the roses. After the collection of boxes which haven't been opened through three house moves, Dee's largest collection consists of more than 100 cookbooks. A New York City native, Dee attended Syracuse University and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Dee loves to eat. She especially enjoys ethnic restaurants and the kinds of food her two young children wouldn't go near.

 

Rachel August

Rachel August, Executive Director, Seneca Park Zoo Society

Rachel August, a Rochester native, has been the Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society since 2001, following six years as a Zoo Society Board Member. She is active in the Rochester Rotary Charitable Trust Board and Hillside Family of Agencies Board of Trustees and was a Rochester Business Journal "40 under 40" recipient in 1998. Prior to being in a leadership role at the Zoo Society, Rachel was the owner and president of Marketing Solutions and her career includes 15 years in advertising, marketing and media. She graduated with a BA degree from Ithaca College and has two children. The Seneca Park Zoo Society, with its 17,300 member families, is a private, non-for-profit organization which has, since 1957, provided education, fundraising, membership, corporate relations, special events, public relations, food a gift sales, facility rentals and conservation initiatives support to Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo.

 

Maggie Brooks

The Honorable Maggie Brooks, Monroe County Executive

On January 1, 2004, Maggie Brooks was sworn in as Monroe County's fifth County Executive. She is the first woman to hold this position. Maggie is well known in the Rochester area from her many years as a television news anchor and radio reporter. She previously served as County Clerk and as Monroe County Legislator for the 17th District. Maggie has earned a reputation as a dedicated and respected elected official. Her inclusive, collaborative leadership style has brought about a new era in County government. Maggie has established positive and cooperative relationships with the City of Rochester and local towns and villages.

Maggie inherited extreme challenges when she took office, including a significant budget deficit and the exploding costs of unfunded State mandates. She created a citizen Budget Advisory Team to work with her in developing creative, out of the box solutions to restore the fiscal stability of Monroe County.

Maggie's top priority has been strengthening the local economy. She established an Economic Development Strategy Team, convening key community stakeholders to improve Monroe County's economic strategy and attract new businesses and jobs.

Recognizing that a key to economic strength is a community vitality, Maggie has been a driving force behind local projects like Renaissance Square, that will help create a more vibrant and dynamic atmosphere, greater cultural and recreational opportunities, and a better quality of life.

Maggie has brought an energizing new vision to County government, making it her priority to involve the entire community in shaping the future of Monroe County; a  future, she believes, is now more promising than ever.

 

Diane Creel

Diane Creel, CEO and President, Evocation, Inc.

Diane C. Creel is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Ecovation, Inc. Ecovation is a waste stream technology company using patented technologies, headquartered in Victor, New York. Ms Creel joined Ecovation in May of 2003 to lead the growth of the company. Prior to Ecovation, Ms Creel was chief executive officer and president of Earth Tech, a Tyco International Ltd. Company, headquartered in Long Beach, California. Earth Tech is an international consulting engineering firm that provides global water management, transportation, engineering technology and environmental services.

Ms. Creel was the first woman to hold the chief executive position of a publicly held engineering firm in the United States. Since becoming CEO of Earth Tech in January 1993, the company's revenues grew from $50M to $1.6 billion including 21 acquisitions. Ms. Creel led the IPO of Earth Tech, a management arranged buy out and the ultimate sale of Earth Tech to Tyco International, Ltd. in January of 1996.

Prior to joining Earth Tech, Ms. Creel was director of business development and communications for CH2M Hill in Seattle and Denver. During her time at CH2M Hill the company grew from $60M+ to $250M+ in revenues. Prior to joining CH2M Hill, she was manager of communications for Caudill Rowlett Scott (CRS) in Houston, and director of public relations for LBC&W, Architects-Engineers-Planners, based in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ms. Creel holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She was also a recipient of the Most Distinguished Alumna award from the College of Journalism, at the University of South Carolina. She has done post-graduate work at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

Ms. Creel was a founding member and past national president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and was the first recipient of the national Zenith award for outstanding achievement in the field of marketing professional services. She received special recognition by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of "Those Who Made Marks" in the construction industry.

Ms. Creel also received the 2001 Excellence in Leadership Award from Leadership Long Beach, the 2001 Elizabeth Milbank Anderson Award for Contributions to the Arts, the 1999 Silver Achievement Award for Corporate Leadership from the Los Angeles YMCA, the 1999 Legacy of Leadership Award from the American Heart Association, the 1999 Long Beach Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the Inc. Magazine and Ernst and Young 1995 Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Ms. Creel currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allegheny Technologies Inc., Teledyne Technologies, Inc., the American Funds of Capital Research Management, and Goodrich Corporation.

 

Carol Ritter Wright, Community Leader and Retired Columnist

Carol Ritter Wright retired May 1, 2004 after a 43-year journalism career. She worked as a regional reporter, general assignment reporter and columnist for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and Times-Union for 37 years.

After attending Missouri Auction School in 1990, Carol began volunteering as an auctioneer for charities, schools, churches and not-for-profit organizations in and around Monroe County. To date, she has raised more than $2.5 million for dozens of agencies and groups ranging from Special Olympics and the Red Cross to the Rochester Knitting Guild and four local comfort care homes.

She serves as vice-president for development at the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, her hometown. She is a member of the Advisory Councils of the Realtors' Charitable Foundation and OASIS in Rochester. Previously, Carol served as a member of several boards for organizations including the Rochester Landscape Technicians Program, Rochester Philharmonic League, Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County, Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus, and others.

 

Ginny Ryan

Ginny Ryan, Anchor, 13 WHAM News

Ginny Ryan is doing what she always wanted to do where she wanted to do it—at WOKR-TV13. She anchors NewsSource 13 at five and eleven o'clock and is an award winning reporter.

A native of Rochester, Ginny grew up in Gates and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School and Buffalo State College. Two days after graduation, her career began as a reporter at WENY-TV in Elmira, New York. She was hired as a reporter by WOKR-TV13 (now 13WHAM TV) in 1987. She anchored the morning and noon newscasts before doing the five and eleven o'clock news.

Ginny serves on the board of St. Bernard's School of Theology, and the public relations committee of Wilson Commencement Park. Her other community involvement includes The Dream Factory of Rochester, KATS (Kids Adjusting Through Support) and The Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley.

Ginny and her husband Jeff have two children, Jeffrey and Caroline.

 

Naomi Silver

Naomi Silver, COO, Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.

Naomi is the largest shareholder of Rochester Community Baseball, Inc., and the author of "How Spikes Became a Red Wing", a popular children's book. Naomi has received numerous awards and recognitions including a 2003 Athena Award nomination (her 2nd one), 1998 National Association of Women Business Owners' (NAWBO) Woman of the Year in Community, 1997 Sports for Israel Hall of Fame Inductee, and 1995 High Falls Honoree.

Due to the fine leadership at Rochester Community Baseball, they have been awarded the John H. Johnson President's Trophy for 2004. The Johnson award honors a complete franchise based on team stability, contributions to league stability, work in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry.

Naomi is an active member of the Rochester community. She is the current Board Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester, and Event Chair of the March of Dimes Mother of the Year Awards & Recognition.

Naomi is married to Thomas Alan Silver (formerly Friedl; he took Naomi's last name). They have two children, a son, Morrie Thomas Silver (named for his grandfather), and a daughter, Desiree.

The winner of this auction will receive a spectacular afternoon at Frontier Field with Naomi Silver, which will include a "behind the scenes" stadium tour, a midday game, and stadium style lunch. Dates to choose from are noted below.

Auction winner should choose from the following dates/games:
Thursday, May 26, 2005 11:05 AM Game Rochester Red Wings vs. Buffalo Bisons
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 1:35 PM Game Rochester Red Wings vs. Louisville Bats
Thursday, July 28, 2005 11:05 AM Game Rochester Red Wings vs. Charlotte Knights

 

Elaine Spraull

Elaine Spaull, Executive Director, Center for Youth Services

From her earliest days in Rochester as an educator and a community activist, Elaine has been determined and dedicated to enhance opportunities for women and girls. From her work on her doctoral dissertation in the early 80's which examined the role that power plays in the lives of women faculty, to her role as the incorporator and one of the founding directors of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, to her determination to support the needs of homeless young women and girls at The Center for Youth's Transitional Living Program, Dr. Spaull has kept women's issues at the forefront of all that she has done.

In her professional life, Elaine has been an educator, an attorney, a Fulbright fellow, a speaker, a writer, an editor, a consultant, a youth advocate, an administrator, a fund-raiser, and an active board member on a number of diverse community initiatives and organizations. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of The Center for Youth, where she provides leadership for an active and inspired team of 90 part time and full time professionals. In her spare time, Elaine continues to teach for the SUNY Buffalo Law School, is a director and legal counsel for the Friends of the Women's Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, serves on the VIA Health Systems Board, the Monroe County Bar Association Foundation board, the Finger Lakes Film Board, the Western New York Legal Assistance Board, the United Way Campaign cabinet, and supports the many initiatives of the Rochester Women's Network. She was the 2004 recipient of the Individual Youth Advocate award given by the Youth Services Quality Council, a coalition of 60 youth serving agencies, where she was recognized for her leadership and her creativity on behalf of youth.

Elaine was awarded the 2005 "W" award by the Rochester women's Network for her role as a mentor to women throughout the community. Elaine has had a remarkable life, both professionally and personally; she values the relationships she has made with women friends over the years and cherishes her family who have supported her throughout all her endeavors. Her husband, Malcolm Spaull, is a filmmaker, and a professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Film and Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her daughter, Maya, lives in Berkeley, California where she is doing her part to better the social condition in her day job at Transfair USA, a fair trade nonprofit agency and as a jewelry designer by night; her son Matthew, a senior at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, has made living a life of joy his goal and is considering a career as an urban educator. Her father, Angelo Gallina, continues to be her greatest fan. Elaine credits so much of her success to the support and early role modeling provided by her mother, the late Rose Gallina.

 

Kitty Van Bortel

Kitty Van Bortel, Owner, Van Bortel Subaru

Kitty Van Bortel owns the top selling Subaru dealership in the nation and one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the Rochester area, ranking in the "Top 100" since 1993. Building the business took time and patience. In the spring of 1985 Kitty Van Bortel was 31 years old, single, and devastated from being fired as sales manager at John Holtz's Mercedes Benz-BMW dealership. She moved into a small home in Victor and started selling used cars in the front yard. Between 1985 and 1991, when she acquired the Subaru franchise, her used car operation slowly gained momentum. She persuaded a local banker to give her a loan. Word spread that with every used-car sale, she offered a 102%, 20-day, or 2,000-mile money-back guarantee—unheard of in the automobile industry.

Van Bortel's goal has been to expose the industry's traps and to TAKE THE FEAR OUT OF BUYING A CAR. Van Bortel learned from her father, Howard Van Bortel, a former General Motors dealer, that most people are uncomfortable spending $20,000 without discussing it with a spouse, friend, or parent. She encourages people to consider their purchases carefully. Howard Van Bortel was also an early advocate in the 1970s of the one price, no-dicker sales strategy that his daughter uses today. Kitty Van Bortel's customers receive a worksheet that resembles a restaurant menu. At the top is the vehicle's base price, along with a list of options. In each case, the dealer's cost is disclosed, as well as Van Bortel's price and the suggested retail price. The customer can easily tally the final price, which is non-negotiable.

"She has, in many ways, bucked the industry trends," says David Sammons, president of Subaru Distributor Corp. which covers New York state and northern New Jersey. "Kitty Van Bortel is unique because she discloses what she makes on each sale. Other dealers who claim to have a 'no-hassle' sales policy usually mark a firm price on the car's window but still won't reveal their cost or profits."

More interesting links about this woman leader:
Van Bortel Subaru
New York Times Article, Business; As Car Dealers, Women Are Scarce but Successful

 

woman dressed up as Susan B. Anthony

Barbara Blaisdell

Barbara has enjoyed her career as a middle school counselor for the Rush Henrietta School District for 26 years. In her spare time, she is dedicated to the mission of the Susan B. Anthony House. Barbara has served as a Board Member and Board Chair for the house. Barbara has portrayed Susan B. Anthony for over 14 years. She is truly educational and entertaining when "in character" sharing stories about the life and times of Susan B. and and her interactions with other historical figures.

 

Lunch Donated By Lorraines Lunch Basket.