The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley has selected Lawrence T. Gilroy as its Humanitarian of the Year and will honor Gilroy at its 15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Field House on the campus of SUNY IT in Utica.
The Michael Cianfrocco Family Humanitarian of the Year Award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the Mohawk Valley through his or her positive contributions to the community. Michael Cianfrocco was the former Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley who died in 2001 at the age of 54.
Gilroy is President of Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Inc., a Risk Management, Insurance and Employee Benefit firm located in Central New York since 1904. Under his leadership, the GKG team has been recognized by Reagan Consulting and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America as a Best Practices Agency since 2007; the American Heart Association as a Fit and Friendly Workplace at the highest Platinum level; and the Business Council of New York, the New York State Human Resource Society and Best Companies, Inc., as the 2010 #1 Best Company to Work for in New York State for employers with less than 250 employees.
Active in the community, Gilroy currently serves as Chair of the Utica College Board of Trustees; a member of the Executive Committee at Mohawk Valley EDGE (Economic Development Growth Enterprises Corp.); on the Boilermaker Road Race committee; and on the Advisory Board of Masonic Medical Research Lab.
Since August 2011, Gilroy has served as co-Chair of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council for the Mohawk Valley Region.
A graduate of Hamilton College, Gilroy and his wife, Elizabeth, are both Mohawk Valley natives, proud to have returned to the area where they are raising three sons.
“In the Mohawk Valley, it’s not a matter of if you know Larry Gilroy, it’s a matter of how you know him,” said Julie Darling, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley. “We’re thrilled to honor Larry as our Humanitarian of the Year to carry on the humanitarian spirit that Michael Cianfrocco brought to the Red Cross for so many years.”
The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Delaware counties who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley.
The Real Heroes Breakfast honors residents in 12 award categories: Adult Good Samaritan, Animal Rescue, Blood Donor, Mary Haggerty Education, Fire Rescue, Kurt Wyman Law Enforcement, Industrial Safety, Medical, Military, Youth Good Samaritan, 9-1-1 Dispatch and Michael Cianfrocco Humanitarian of the Year.
There’s still time to submit nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast awards. To nominate a Real Hero from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego or Delaware County, fill out the nomination form. Mail the form to Julie Darling, Community Executive, American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, 1415 Genesee St., Utica, 13501; fax it to (315) 735-7149; or email it to email@example.com. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 25.
Major sponsors of the 2014 Real Heroes Breakfast are Empower Federal Credit Union, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, First Source Federal Credit Union, International Wire Company, NBT Bank, Northern Safety Company, New York Central Mutual Insurance, New York State Technology Enterprise Corp., Polish Community Home, Radley & Rheinhardt PC, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, and Scalzo Zogby & Wittig, Inc. Media sponsorship is provided by the WKTV News Channel 2.
There are several sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals or businesses that want to get involved as sponsors should contact Julie Darling, Community Executive, or Mallory Brown, Major Gift Officer, at (315) 733-4666, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Tickets for the Real Heroes Breakfast are $25 each, or $500 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, contact the Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley at (315) 733-4666.