James W. Taylor Jr., Ralph Martucci Jr. and Don Przytula to be Honored During Nov. 9 Luncheon Sponsored by College's Educational Foundation

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The Educational Foundation of SUNY Orange will honor three Orange County residents for their leadership efforts in business, community and educational endeavors during the Foundation’s Second Annual Leadership Awards Luncheon, set for Noon on Friday, Nov. 9 in the College’s Orange Hall Gallery.

James W. Taylor Jr. will receive the Leadership in Business award, Ralph Martucci Jr. will be presented the Leadership in Community award and Don Przytula will accept the Leadership in Education award. Last fall, the Foundation presented its initial Leadership Awards to John A. D’Ambrosio (Business), John J. “Jack” McMahon (Community) and Joan I. Siegel (Education).

“This awards program is a terrific way for the Foundation to recognize the outstanding work that is being done by folks within the community,” says Vinnie Cazzetta, SUNY Orange’s vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Educational Foundation. “The members of the Foundation Board have long been impressed with the commitment, energy and effort Jim, Ralph and Don have put forth in their respective areas of expertise. They have served as outstanding role models for their colleagues and peers, and each is certainly deserving of this award.”

Sponsorship opportunities remain for the luncheon and include the following participation levels: Gold, $750 (reserved table for eight, full page journal advertisement, 4 VIP parking passes and a banner displayed at the luncheon); Silver, $500 (reserved seating for four, half-page journal advertisement, 2 reserved parking passes); Bronze, $200 (reserved seating for two, quarter-page journal advertisement); and Patron, $100 (listing in the journal). Additional sponsorship information, as well as individual tickets for the luncheon, can be obtained by contacting Pat Cregar at (845) 341-4769, or by logging onto the SUNY Orange web site at www.sunyorange.edu/awardsluncheon. Individual luncheon tickets are $75.

Taylor, chairman of Taylor Recycling, is a renowned industry expert in the areas of recycling, debris sorting and recovery, and renewable energy. Since he purchased his family’s Taylor Tree business from his father in 1956, Taylor has expanded the business far beyond the Hudson Valley while transforming the company from a tree service business into Taylor Recycling.

His company received numerous commendations for its significant role in the World Trade Center/Staten Island Fresh Kills Landfill forensic recovery operation during the months following the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Additionally, Taylor has consulted with a handful of foreign nations (Albania, Kosovo, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas) in the utilization of recycling to help solve their solid waste needs

A respected community leader who devotes his time and efforts to a wide variety of groups and organizations, Martucci has engraved his stamp on numerous initiatives and projects throughout Orange County. Martucci is currently director of corporate business operations for Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.

A SUNY Orange graduate, Martucci recently concluded a 10-year stint as chairman of the College’s Educational Foundation. He has also held membership in the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and Occupations, Inc. Among his many community leadership posts are the roles of director emeritus of the Orange County Partnership and former director of the Orange County Capital Development Corporation.

Przytula boasts nearly 30 years of experience as a guidance counselor in Orange County school districts. During that time, he has impacted the lives of countless students who have sought his counsel and advice. He has worked in the Monroe-Woodbury school district for 19 years, serving as director of guidance for the past 13 years. He spent 11 years as a guidance counselor at Minisink Valley High School.

Przytula has worked with SUNY Orange to initiate an instant admissions program for seniors who did not have any postgraduate education plans. That program has since been expanded to other districts. He also helped the College create a SUNY Orange orientation program for new and seasoned counselors in the county.

The Educational Foundation of SUNY Orange was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. According to the Educational Foundation by-laws, the objectives for which the foundation exists are to solicit, receive, hold, invest, administer and make expenditures of gifts to or for the benefit of Orange County Community College. In 2006, the Educational Foundation awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to allow deserving students to study at SUNY Orange.

Among the hallmarks of the foundation’s scholarship program is the President’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement, which is awarded to 10 incoming freshmen from Orange County high schools who are in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or hold a cumulative grade point average of 90 or better, and plan to enroll full-time at SUNY Orange. In all, more than 80 scholarships are funded through the efforts of the Educational Foundation.

Additionally, the Educational Foundation has set up a number of funds for contributors to target their gift

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