News 2018


Rochester Pediatric Dentist Dr. Abrahim Caroci to Receive Special Olympics 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award for New York State

December 7, 2018--New York, NY –Special Olympics New York President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman and Golisano FoundationExecutive Director Ann Costello announced today that Rochester, NY pediatric dentist and Special Olympics Clinical Director Dr. Abrahim Caroci will receive the 2018 Golisano Health Leadership Award for New York State — the highest regional honor for Special Olympics health partners. Read more



WXXI Honors Ann Costello and Golisano Foundation as Associates of the Year

Golisano Foundastion Trustees and Ann Costello WXXI Associates Award

Rochester, NY – October 1, 2018 – WXXI named Ann Costello and the Golisano Foundation the 2018 Associates of the Year during WXXI’s Associates Dinner at its downtown studios on Saturday September 29. More than 125 WXXI supporters attended the dinner with special guest speaker Lidia Bastianich, renowned Emmy-winning TV host, restauranteur, chef and author. Read more

Lifetime Assistance Honors Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation with Inspiration Award

Lifetim Assistance Inspiration Award presewnted to Ann Costello at 40th Aniversary Celebration

Rochester, NY – September 28, 2018 – Lifetime Assistance, the region’s largest and most comprehensive agency serving people with developmental disabilities, celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday September 28th. It marked the milestone with several activities including recognition of two very special pioneers in the field of developmental disability services: Donna Lowry, a founder of Lifetime Assistance along with her husband Don, was presented the Lifetime Legacy Award and Tom Golisano, and the Golisano Foundation who were presented the Lifetime Inspiration Award. Ann Costello Director of the Golisano Foundation accepted the Inspitation Award on Mr. Golisano's behalf. Read more


Golisano Foundation Presents 2018 Move to Include Award to Dr. Rick Rader

Ann Costello and Dr.Rick Rader

Seattle, Washington – June 29, 2018 – Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation presented the Foundation’s 2018 Move to Include Award today to Rick Rader, MD, Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at Orange Grove Center and Editor in Chief of the award-winning Exceptional Parent Magazine. Read more

Golisano Foundation Expands Giving to Agencies in Southwest Florida Serving People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Young Girl at Daystar

Rochester, NYMay 7, 2018 – The Golisano Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is expanding its giving to Southwest Florida. Read more

Nazareth Breaks Ground on New $23.5M Golisano Training Center

Breaking ground for new Golisano Trainng Center

June 14, 2018 – Nazareth College officially broke ground today on its $23.5 million Golisano Training Center. The 91,000-square-foot center will bring together the strengths of Nazareth College, Special Olympics, and the Golisano Foundation to create a new model of inclusion, fitness, and wellness for athletes with intellectual disabilities. It will open in Fall 2019. Read more

Golisano Foundation Expands Geographic Target Area to Include all of NYS OPWDD Region 1

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March 12, 2018 – The Golisano Foundation is expanding its geographic target area and will now accept grant applications from non-profit organizations serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) located in the entire Region 1 (the combination of Western NY and Finger Lakes Regions as designated by NYS OPWDD, Developmental Disability Regional Offices (DDRO). Read more


Spread the Word to End the R-Word Day Pledge Activities

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Rochester, NYMarch 7, 2018 – Today is the national day of awareness to Spread the Word to End the R-Word™. For the eighth year, a record number of organizations will join the Golisano Foundation asking people to pledge to take a stand against using the R-word, "retard" or "retarded," a word that is offensive and derogatory to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Rochester movement has become one of the largest in the country. Read more

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