Lewis & Livingston Counties
Lewis County Honoree
Rev. Bruce Chapman moved to New York State from Mansfield, Massachusetts in 1957. He currently resides in Beaver Falls, NY and has held many ministerial positions throughout his career until his retirement in 1993. Rev. Chapman continues to follow the call of God in his life by serving as a reserve minister in many churches throughout the area. He has been active in many organizations such as: Beaver River Senior Citizen's Club; Grand Chaplin of the Masonic Order of New York State; Bethany Lodge of Black River; Compact Council of Beaver River Central School; Community Committee for the Carthage Area Hospital; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Watertown Urban Mission; YMCA; United Way; Alzheimer's Association; Brook Haven House for Unwed Mothers; Beaver River Central School Board of Education and Brookside Senior Living Community. The Reverend has shared his ministry and tirelessly given of himself to his community with kindness, caring, compassion and a gentle spirit. Although Rev. Chapman is retired, he continues to serve his community by officiating at weddings and funerals without shortchanging his responsibilities as husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many people.
Rev. Bruce Chapman has been serving the community in a pastorate capacity for 57 years and volunteering for 60 years with the organizations listed above.
What did he hope to get from volunteering when he started? Satisfaction from guiding my community in their spiritual journey and to assist with strengthening the cause I continue to volunteer for.
"It has been a very gratifying experience to view the expansion and completion of the different projects I have advocated for," he said.
Livingston County Honoree
Dennis Wright and his wife Sandy reside in the Livingston County community of Avon. He retired from the NYS Department of Transportation after 33 years of service.
A lifetime resident of New York State, Dennis was the leader in founding HEARTS FOR ALS (often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) NY in 2010 and he secured non-profit status for the organization in 2012. Their mission is to assist persons afflicted with ALS and their caregivers by funding support services not covered by other entities. Different from organizations that raise funds for ALS research, HEARTS funding is used for direct services to assist PALS (Persons with ALS): a 100% volunteer service serving those in need in Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Steuben, Allegany, Wyoming, Cayuga, Orleans and Cattaraugus Counties. Dennis' dedication and passion is directed to ensuring the well-being of the PALS he contacts and visits to make sure their needs are met. He made this commitment after losing his best friend, Jeff, to Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2009. Jeff's dream of creating an organization to help those individuals afflicted by ALS and their caregivers, was the driving force behind Dennis' passion to establish this organization that has helped so many in our community; putting the needs of PALS first.