The Rochester Area Community Foundation recently presented a philanthropy award to Ontario residents Norman and Laura “Jinny” Loomis at its annual Report to the Community luncheon.
The couple represented two of four local philanthropists honored at the luncheon. They were introduced by retired Assemblyman Bob Oaks, R-130th District.
Jinny was the first woman elected to the Ontario Town Board in the early 1970s and returned for another stint in the 1990s. She served on the all-volunteer advisory committee for the Wayne County Community Endowment and was a RACF board member for 13 years.
Norman cared for tens of thousands of patients during his 42-year career as a physician. He was among the first family doctors to get privileges at Strong Hospital. Norman was chief of the Rochester General Hospital Department of Family Practice and served on the hospital board. He was an on-site physician at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
Norman was named the town of Ontario’s 1973 Citizen of the Year. In 2015, he and Jinny received the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.
RACF also presented awards to Pittsford residents Clay Osborne and Harold Samloff. All honorees received a bronze loving cup designed by the late Wendell Castle.
Over 500 luncheon guests marked the 35th anniversary of the Wayne County Community Endowment, which has distributed nearly $1 million in local grants since 1986.
RACF awarded 6,943 grants between April 2018 and March 2019, totaling a record high of $37 million. It reported a record opening of 98 new charitable funds.
“Giving to the Community Foundation reached nearly $29 million, an increase of more than $1 million over the previous year,” said board member Mollene Benison, who presented the foundation’s financial state.
Benison said the foundation finished the year with assets of $477 million, down less than 3% last year’s $492 million. This decline resulted from market volatility and the record amount of grants awarded by the foundation. She said the foundation has recovered more than half of that decline since April.