Awards


2013 Axel W. Carlson "Unsung Hero" Award Winner - Brenda Cole
Using her volunteer spirit, Brenda Cole has permanently sewn herself into the fabric of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. On Friday afternoon, Cole was presented the 2013 Axel W. Carlson “Unsung Hero” Award for her dedication to the Sewing Room at Community Helping Hands.
A Community's Teacher

The John D. Hamilton Award is given annually to an individual who has shown dedication, leadership and support in furthering community spirit and enriching the quality of life in the Chautauqua Region by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. This year’s recipient, Mrs. Helen G. Ebersole, demonstrates community spirit through her enduring commitment to the many organizations she has been involved in through the years and her...

Huckelbery Is 24th Recipient

This past Tuesday evening, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation announced our 2009 Axel W. Carlson Award Recipient. This year’s recipient is Lorri Huckelbery. The journey to the selection of the Axel W. Carlson Award began back in January…

Axel W. Carlson

headshot of Axel CarlsonAxel W. Carlson was born on a humble farm in Sweden in the early 1890’s. In his youth he not only learned farming skills, but also learned the carpentry skills that sustained him after he immigrated to the Southern Tier when he was in his teens. He and his wife eventually settled in Sunnyside, which is located in the Town of Ellery. Mr. Carlson worked hard all his life, and saved and invested his money wisely. He was always there to help people in need, but never looked for a reward or recognition. He was always interested in assisting individuals rather than institutions...

 

John D. Hamilton

As a founding father of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Mr. Hamilton has created a legacy of giving to the Chautauqua Region for years. In honor of his dedication to the community, the Foundation annually awards the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award to an individual who has shown dedication, leadership and support in furthering community spirit and enhancing life in our area...