The Annual Recognition Event

Donors are the heart of the JCC Foundation. Likewise, civic-minded individuals and organizations are the heart of the communities we serve. Each year, the JCC Foundation hosts a recognition event at which two prestigious awards — the John D. Hamilton Award and the Community Partner Award — are given.


The John D. Hamilton Award

John D. Hamilton headshotThe John D. Hamilton Society was created in 1995 and named after John D. Hamilton, a longtime friend and trustee of the College. Mr. Hamilton was among the devoted community leaders who worked diligently to see Jamestown Community College chartered in 1950 as the first community college in the State University of New York. In 1954, he was appointed to the JCC Board of Trustees by Governor Thomas E. Dewey. He served in various leadership roles on the Board of Trustees and in 1969 served as acting President for the 1969-70 academic year. During the next several years, Mr. Hamilton played a significant role in the growth and development of the College. In recognition of his many years of support and dedication to the College, the JCC Collegiate Center was renamed the John D. Hamilton Collegiate Center in 1983. In September 1991, Mr. Hamilton resigned from the Board of Trustees. Later that fall, JCC honored him by naming him the first trustee emeritus. The John D. Hamilton Award was established by the JCC Foundation in 1995 to recognize individuals whose civic contributions exemplify those of Hamilton. 


Recipients of the John D. Hamilton Award:

Mary Frances “Francie” Potter
David H. Carnahan
Patricia M. Phillips
Thomas I. Flowers
JCC Board of Trustee Chairmen
Over the Past 60 Years
James E. Stitt &
Cutco Corporate College
George Bataitis &
Ken & Lois Strickler
Louis Magnano
Elizabeth S. Lenna Fairbank
Allen Short
Jim Snyder
Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney
Erick Laine
Ted Smith
Robert C. Kochersberger
Miles L. Lasser
Stanley & Sarita Weeks
Dr. Robert Hagstrom
Charles H. Price, Esq.
John D. Hamilton


The Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award recognizes the vital role of organizations that work collaboratively with JCC to provide for the education and social, cultural, and civic enrichment of our area. The JCC Foundation introduced the award in 2009.


Recipients of the Community Partner Award:

2014 — Olean General Hospital, Napoleon Engineering Services, and the YMCA of the Twin Tiers
Olean General Hospital provides JCC nursing students with a variety of clinical learning opportunities in all areas where nursing care is delivered. Napoleon Engineering Services has partnered with JCC’s continuing education department to bring education and training opportunities to its employees. The firm is contributing to the development of a manufacturing technology institute at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus through its participation in a manufacturers’ survey and through the service of its chief executive officer Chris Napoleon on the President’s Advisory Group for the STARTUP NY initiative. JCC and the YMCA of the Twin Tiers have a collaborative relationship that began with a first-of-its-kind partnership. JCC students are able to use YMCA facilities for athletics, intramural activities, physical education classes, recreation and other college-related activities, including its commencement ceremony. The community benefits from the shared operating expenses, leveraged resources, and unduplicated services which make the facility possible.

2013 — The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Inc.
Katharine Jackson Carnahan was instrumental in initiating the first concerted community effort to bring college-level courses to the Jamestown area and was considered one of the College's most avid supporters. In 1984, the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation established two endowed funds with the JCC Foundation as a tribute to her. The Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities provides major annual support for JCC's cultural and arts programming. The Carnahan-Jackson USA Scholarship Endowment provides significant support for USA Scholars at JCC. At the time this award was given, the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation had provided more than $1.46 million in support to JCC and ranked fourth on the College's list of all-time leading donors.

2012 — City of Jamestown, Cattaraugus County, and Chautauqua County
The City of Jamestown served as JCC's sole local sponsor from the time of the College's inception in 1950 until 1996. When regional sponsorship of JCC began in 1986, the City transferred ownership of 112 acres to the College for the Jamestown campus. By the mid-1990s, only 20 percent of the College's student body was comprised of Jamestown residents, and it became clear that a regional model of sponsorship had become necessary for the future development of the College as a regional institution. On June 11, 1996, Cattaraugus County and Chautauqua County became regional sponsors of the College, increasing the College's Board of Trustees to 15 members, including five appointees from each county. The regional sponsorship model has helped make possible today's JCC, which in 2012 was named the "Top Performing Public Two-Year College" in New York State by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

2011 — Hultquist Foundation, Inc. and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc.
The Hultquist Foundation has been a major contributor to Jamestown Community College, along with many other Jamestown-area charitable organizations. At the time this award was given the Hultquist Foundation had provided more than $5 million in support over a 30-year period. The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc. was established in 1948 to "aid and assist in charitable, benevolent, educational, and physical well=being of people" by devoting its "income, principal, and property solely for charitable, benevolent, educational, and scientific purposes. At the time this award was given the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation had provided more than $3 million in support over a 30-year period.

2009 — Cutco Corporate College
Established in the fall of 2000 as a partnership between JCC and Cutco Corporation, the Cutco Corporate College is designed to promote education amongst Cutco employees through skill development and customized training. Employees are encouraged to obtain either a Cutco College Certificate or a full Associate's Degree. At the time this award was given, more than 400 employees have successfully completed a variety of courses through the Corporate College, including accounting, business communications, labor relations, business ethics, and leadership.