For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


December 23, 2005 (ROCHESTER, NY) – WXXI Public Broadcasting Council presented Dick Eisenhart with the 2005 Associate of the Year Award at the Associates Society dinner recently held at Locust Hill Country Club. More than 200 WXXI supporters attended the annual event with special guest speaker Ray Suarez, Washington-based senior correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

The Associate Award, which was established in 1987, recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions in support of the station, its broadcasts and operations. “Dick has been a very strong advocate for WXXI, a tireless champion and a trusted advisor,” said Norm Silverstein, WXXI president and CEO. “He and his wife Ginnie were also lead givers to WXXI’s 21/21 Vision Campaign for the digital future.” Mr. Eisenhart helped WXXI launch a lecture series at The Highlands at Pittsford, bringing a variety of issues to a supportive segment of the community for lively discussion.

To commemorate the 2005 Associate of the Year, a magnolia tree has been planted at Highland Park in honor of Mr. Eisenhart’s dedication to WXXI. Mr. Eisenhart’s name has also been inscribed on WXXI’s Associate of the Year plaque which includes the names of other WXXI friends including B. Thomas Golisano, George M. Ewing, Sr. and Ed Saphar. The plaque hangs outside WXXI's studio.

"WXXI is the best place to learn,” said Mr. Eisenhart. “The commercial stations give you very little in the way of programming, maybe 20 minutes in a half-hour because of the necessity to run so many commercials. We have the quality that we have on WXXI because of member support. I would urge everyone to be a supporter of WXXI!"

Mr. Eisenhart spent two decades at Bausch and Lomb and then went on to run his own manufacturing representative business into the late ‘80s. His many community contributions include being Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he has been a trustee since 1972. He is also a longtime supporter of Hillside Children’s Center and a lifelong member of the Third Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Eisenhart and his wife Ginnie live in Pittsford. They have four children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

WXXI is an essential, lifelong educational resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI provides programming that stimulates and expands thought, the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of the issues of our diverse community, nation and world. Long on to for more information about our services and programs.

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