JAMESTOWN – Three special honors will be presented during the Jamestown Community College Foundation’s annual recognition event on October 25.
Patricia Phillips, a member of the JCC Foundation board of directors since 1999, will receive the John D. Hamilton Award. The Community Partner Award will be given to JCC’s regional sponsors which include the city of Jamestown, Cattaraugus County, and Chautauqua County. Paul Benke, who served as JCC’s president from 1981 to 1991, will be honored as president emeritus during the event.
The John D. Hamilton Award was established by the JCC Foundation in 1995 to recognize individuals whose contributions exemplify those of Hamilton, a past president and trustee emeritus of JCC.
Mrs. Phillips, a member of the JCC Foundation’s executive committee, also serves as chairperson of the membership committee. She co-chaired the Funding Excellence campaign which supported building construction and special projects at JCC, including the new Science Center on the Jamestown Campus.
Mrs. Phillips is a long-time member of JCC’s Jamestown Campus Alumni Association board of directors, and volunteers regularly at alumni events including the annual Mystery at JCC fundraiser, JCC Night at the Ballpark, and the USA Scholarship luncheon. She has co-chaired the organizing committee for the George Bataitis Open Golf tournament since 1997, which has provided over $150,000 for JCC’s athletics program.
The Community Partner Award recognizes the vital role of organizations that work collaboratively with JCC to provide educational, social, cultural, and civic enrichment for the area. The city of Jamestown served as JCC’s sole local sponsor from 1950 to 1996. In 1996, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties joined the city to establish a regional sponsorship model.
Benke, JCC’s fifth president, oversaw the incorporation and establishment of the JCC Foundation. In addition, he worked with Roger Tory Peterson, the Peterson family, and community leaders to locate the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown. Later, he served as chairman of the RTPI board of directors, during which time the RTPI facility was built.
Benke was also integral in the establishment of JCC’s Warren Center and the development of the Scandinavian Studies Program and endowment.
The JCC Foundation recognition event will be held on the Jamestown Campus. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.jccfoundation.org or call 338.1010.