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MCC Salutes Corning Incorporated Foundation (11/02/2012)

STEM education, optics industry to be celebrated on Nov. 15

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –For its leadership and philanthropy in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and career technical education, Corning Incorporated Foundation will be honored at the Monroe Community College Foundation’s 23rd annual Salute to Excellence dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Corning Incorporated Foundation partners with MCC to attract more students to STEM and career technical fields, especially optics technology, in an effort to satisfy employer demand for skilled technicians. Students participating in optics programs at local high schools and at MCC will have opportunities to network with local employers, including MCC alumni, at the event. Optics education and career displays will also be presented.

Corning Incorporated Foundation President Karen C. Martin will accept the Salute to Excellence award. Donald McCabe Jr., senior vice president of Manufacturing & Performance Excellence for Corning Incorporated, is the honorary event chair.

John L. DiMarco II (The DiMarco Group, LLC) is the dinner chair. Golden benefactors include Corning Incorporated, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, Dixon Schwabl and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

An honored Rochester tradition since 1989, the Salute to Excellence award reflects the recipient’s commitment to public higher education and the community. Past recipients of the Salute to Excellence award include Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Pamela A. and Arunas A. Chesonis, the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, Anne Mulcahy, John L. DiMarco Sr., Bausch & Lomb and M&T Bank.

Funds raised at the Salute to Excellence support student scholarships, faculty grants and educational innovation at MCC. Tickets are $120 per person. For tickets and information, visit or call (585) 262-1500. The event reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and award ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Monroe Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. It was established in 1983 to secure private sector support to supplement and enhance public funding at Monroe Community College. To learn more, go to

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