WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release

Others Also Honored at The Organization’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Rochester, NY (April 25, 2014) –  Irondequoit  resident Tom Proietti received the Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year award at WXXI and the Little Theatre’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony last night. Recognized for his outstanding dedication to the station, Proietti and more than 100 WXXI volunteers attended the event at WXXI’s studios.

The Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year Award, named after the late Charles (Chuck) Wise – a loyal WXXI volunteer for many years, stands as a testament to Wise’s unwavering spirit of volunteerism. Each year, a committee of WXXI staff members identifies one volunteer who has been an ambassador for the mission of public broadcasting in our community. Proietti was unanimously selected.

Proietti is a founding member of the Little Theatre Film Society, past President of The Little Board of directors, and was instrumental in helping raise money for the Little’s Screen Saver digital conversion campaign. He has also served as talent during WXXI’s radio drives and has been a regular guest on WXXI’s mid-day talk show 1370 Connection, which is now Connections with Evan Dawson. In addition to his work at WXXI and The Little, Proietti is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Monroe Community College and Resident Scholar In Media at St. John Fisher College. He is a former advertising and cable TV executive, who spent nearly five years with Time Warner Communications/ Greater Rochester Cablevision as Vice President of Marketing and Programming.

WXXI and The Little also presented Deanne Molinari with the President’s Award, which honors someone who has not only given of their time and talent, but has had a significant impact on the organization. Molinari has been a WXXI member since 1994. She is former Chair of the Volunteer Leadership Council and served a term on the WXXI Board of Trustees. She has volunteered in several capacities including serving as talent during membership drives, a docent, a greeter at special events, and a helper with WXXI’s Auction. Molinari spent her career at SUNY Purchase, where she retired as Assistant Vice President for Residence Life. In addition to volunteering at WXXI, she chaired the Friends of the Fairport Library for 15 years and now serves on the Board of the Fairport Library Foundation, and on the Auxiliary Board at St. John's Home.
Other volunteers recognized during the awards ceremony included:

  • Elizabeth Annette Kelly received the First Responder Award
  • Nancy Zimmer received the Maytag Reliability Award
  • Scott Wallace, host of “Rejuvenation” on WRUR, received the Golden Microphone
  • Christine Adamo received the Shining Star Award


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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