CEO, Victor Salerno was nominated, along with 23 other people and organizations in the Greater Rochester Area, to receive the 2013 Philanthropy Award, presented by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Vic was nominated by Saint John Fisher College for his dedication and generosity as an alumnus, donor, trustee, mentor, and friend.
In an RBJ Special Report, The Giving Drive, by Sheila Livadas, Vic’s nomination was described in a brief article:
St. John Fisher College did not just make a graduate out of Victor Salerno; it also created a lifelong advocate for the institution.
Salerno, a member of the class of 1966, has continued to provide financial support and to encourage others to give back in the 47 years since his graduation. He has motivated others in the business community to recognize St. John Fisher’s value, and through his leadership he helped to secure a $3.5 million contribution to the school.
Salerno, CEO of O’Connell Electric Co. Inc., and his wife, Eileen, donated $2 million to construct a new building for the business school, now called the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.
In addition to financial gifts, Salerno frequently gives his time to the college to help develop programs and the institution as a whole.
“On occasion we all need help,” Salerno says. “Believe me, I know that for sure, and people along the way have helped all of us, and you hope it gets carried on into the future.”
Salerno’s generosity has been motivated by the actions of others in the community, he says.
“When we were younger, you never thought you’d be in a position to do things like this, but you see something in the community that other people have done,” he says. “We spread it around but I think the thing that can give you the most bang for your dollar is education. I would encourage anybody locally that has whatever school they attended to give back to them, because they can really impact generations to come.”
The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized all of the nominees at a luncheon event on National Philanthropy Day, November 1.
National Philanthropy Day celebrates giving, placing the spotlight on people and organizations driven to contribute to various causes.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2011 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at Anheuser-Busch Baldwinsville Brewery.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2009 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at G.A. Braun, Inc.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2004 Craftsmanship Award by the Builders Exchange of Rochester in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship accomplished on the O’Rorke Bridge (Stutson Street Bridge Replacement) Project.
In 2003, The Associated General Contractors of America awarded O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. the Excellence in Safety Silver Award.
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When Energy East (formerly Rochester Gas & Electric) shifted its focus in Upstate New York from power generation to power distribution it had to shut down a major power generating station in Rochester. To replace the station’s electrical generating capacity, the company needed new and updated transmission/distribution facilities to serve the area. A major piece of the project was to test and commission new and upgraded substations without interrupting power to customers.