Champions of Service

At The Service Collaborative's annual fundraiser each year, we honor a class of "Champions of Service". To recognize the commitment to service individuals and organizations make each year, our staff and board nominate individuals/organizations under three categories: Program Participant/Alumni; Community Partner; Community Leader.

Past Champions:

Lifetime Champion of Service: Community Leader (recognized in 2020)
Mary Ann Kresse, for service as a VISTA and Board Member


Program Participant/Alumni: Amer Alhassan
Community Partner: Savarino Companies
Community Leader: Michelle Urbanczyk
(Champions of Service 2021 sponsored by: Community Services for Every1)


Program Participant/Alumni: Britany Maxwell
Community Partner: Gerard Place
Community Leader: HSBC
(Champions of Service 2022 sponsored by: Delaware North)

In light of the challenges we faced in 2020, TSC Board and Staff (50% of TSC staff are AmeriCorps alumni) were recognized as overall Champions of Service!


Alumni: Marco Notaro
Partner: Compeer
Community Leaders: Beds for Buffalo Volunteers Trevor Brown and Tom Root


Alumni: Nestor Hernandez
Partner: Family Promise: Luanne Firestone
Community Leader: Felice Brandy


Alumni: Tom Lowe
Partner: The Foundry
Community Leader: Avi Israel

2016 (Inaugural Year)

Alumni: Emily Oaks
Partner: Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
Community Leader: Dr. Charles Massey