Van Rensselaer Awards Dinner
An evening honoring outstanding examples of philanthropic giving and citizenship.
For more than 25 years, the Chamber has recognized businesses that invest in the economic, cultural and humanitarian advancement of the Rensselaer County region by bestowing the Van Rensselaer Awards and the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award. Van Rensselaer Corporate Award, the Van Rensselaer Small Business Award and the Edward H. Pattison "Ebbie" Citizenship Award. These prestigious honors recognize businesses that invest in the economic, cultural and humanitarian advancement of Rensselaer County and the surrounding region. The Edward H. "Ebbie" Pattison Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates good citizenship and a philanthropic spirit. We are pleased to announce the 2018 Van Rensselaer Award recipients:
The Van Rensselaer Corporate Award (50 employees or more) will be presented to Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
CDTA is the region’s premier transportation provider, operating bus, shuttle and para-transit services as well as the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs train stations. The authority is committed to serving the public through initiatives such as the CDPHP Cycle! program. CDTA provides free transportation to STAR customers on election day, to the public for Empire State Plaza celebrations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to students through partnerships with area schools. CDTA sponsors the Cancer Services Program of Albany and Rensselaer Counties and honors veterans by assisting with employment efforts, hosting annual luncheons and providing free transportation on Veteran’s Day.
The Van Rensselaer Small Business Award (50 employees or less) will be presented to Mosaic Associates Architects
Mosaic Associates Architects has served clients with integrity, honor and innovation for more than a century. Growing and changing with the times, the firm is committed to its founding principles: personal client attention, partners actively engaged in projects and working as a team. This distinguished firm believes in giving back to the community through financial and volunteer support of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and others. Mosaic Associates Architects was an inaugural participant in the annual Capital Region CANstruction competition, an international charitable event to end hunger. The firm also actively supports the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The Edward H. "Ebbie" Pattison Citizenship Award, known as “The Ebbie,” will be presented to Wallace (Wally) Altes
For more than 30 years, Wally Altes has used his expertise in strategic business development and executive acumen to build successful businesses, mentor professionals and strengthen communities. He was among the founders of the Tech Valley movement, coining the name in the 1980s to capture and brand the region’s potential and promote its collaborative spirit. From human resource consulting to public relations, executive counsel to policy guidance, Mr. Altes’ professional success is mirrored by his public service. He has served on the boards of many community organizations, including Center for Economic Growth, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and WMHT Public Television and Radio. Mr. Altes’ professional and personal legacies continue to benefit our region.
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