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ABC honors four individuals for their community service.

Byline: Velvet Spicer

Four local individuals will be honored for their community service next week at an event featuring keynote speaker Mayor Lovely Warren.

Action for a Better Community Inc. will host its 15th annual Signature Luncheon Oct. 11 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The event recognizes outstanding contributions in community service to the Greater Rochester area.

This year's Signature Citizen of the Year Award will be given to Michelle Garcia-Daniels for her commitment and advocacy for youth and education. Garcia-Daniels and her husband sponsor trips for 5th and 6th grade students to travel to cities across the country to learn more about African-American history.

Wanda Ridgeway will receive the James M. McCuller Award for Excellence to recognize her years of service to the community and commitment to families and friends of homicide victims. Ridgeway serves as executive director of Rise Up Rochester Inc., a nonfunded role in which Ridgeway coordinates a monthly support group for families and friends of homicide victims.

Janice Holland will receive the Lena M. Gantt Distinguished Community Service Award for her extensive efforts in teaching the importance of good citizenry, hard work and dedication. Holland works with students of the Healthcare Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program, a high school pipeline program for underrepresented youth who attend the Rochester City School District.

Tonia Burton will be recognized with the Elliott Landsman Head Start Community Volunteer Award. As a staff member of the Monroe County Central Library, Burton has made the Raising a Reader program a continuing success. Burton encourages families to use the services of the library and contributes to the literacy and success of children and their parents.

ABC is a community action agency that provides services to assist people in becoming more self-sufficient. ABC responds to a number of issues in Monroe and Ontario counties that affect the lives of residents including health care, early childhood education, substance abuse, employment and economic literacy, youth services and community building. / 585-653-4021

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Publication:Rochester Business Journal
Date:Oct 4, 2018
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