Join us on Friday, September 24 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel as we honor Michael Metzger with this year’s John D. Hamilton Community Service Award. The evening will begin with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 6:30 p.m.
If you have questions, please feel free to call our office at (716) 661-3390.
Be a Part of Our Celebration
Unable to attend our in-person celebration?
You can also “raise a glass” to Mike and his decades of service to our community by sending him a congratulatory message or sharing a personal memory.
*Photos and videos will also be accepted and may even be used as part of the program on September 24!
About Michael D. Metzger
A Rochester native, Mike, and his wife, Marge, moved to Chautauqua County when he was assigned to Bauch & Laumb’s Jamestown office. What was only supposed to be a temporary assignment turned into a 38-year residency that allowed his passion for community service to grow.
One of his first volunteer roles was as a write-in candidate for the Bemus Point Central School District Board of Education. Since then, he has served as a leader for several local organizations including, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, American Red Cross of Chautauqua County, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and The Resource Center.
Currently, Mike is a Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees member, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Investment Committee member; County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors chairman; and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council member.
Most notably of all Mike’s volunteer roles has been his involvement with Junior Achievement of WNY. For over 25 years, he has taught the Junior Achievement Economics for Success program to eighth-grade students at Falconer Central School. He has arranged tours of local businesses for students, helped students develop resumes, and even staged mock interviews between students and employees of local businesses.
In 2013, Mike was named to the Junior Achievement of WNY Chautauqua County Advisory Committee, to help create strategies to engage more local schools, volunteers and funders.
Professionally, Mike has worked for more than 30 years in the private sector. He currently serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Fredonia. Previously he was Vice President and Strategic Advisor for Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC, President of Blackstone Business Enterprises, Chief Financial Officer for Acu-Rite Companies and Comptroller for Bauch & Laumb.
About the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award
Since 1994, the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award has been presented annually to individuals to recognize them for their dedication, leadership and support in furthering community spirit and enhancing the quality of life in the Chautauqua Region. It was first presented to its namesake, John Hamilton, in 1993 to express the community’s appreciation of his tireless efforts and leadership to make the Chautauqua Region a better place.
2016 Peter and Holly Sullivan
2015 Dr. Leonard E. Faulk Jr.
2014 Jeanette J. Carlson
2013 CRCF Past Board Presidents
2012 John E. Anderson
2011 Dr. Bert W. Rappole
2010 Allen Short
2009 Helen G. Ebersole
2008 Honorable Joseph Gerace
2007 Vivian & Lula Taylor
2005 Jim Roselle
2004 Dudley R. Ericson
2003 CRCF Founders and 1st Board
2002 Charles T. Hall, Esq.
2001 Russell E. Diethrick, Jr.
2000 Carl M. Cappa
1999 Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney
1998 Kenneth W. Strickler
1997 Reginald & Betty Lenna
1996 Harry B. Nicholson, Jr.
1995 Frances B. Grow
1994 Gregory L. Peterson, Esq.
1993 John D. Hamilton