Foundation News

Summer 2019 Community Youth Grant Awards

The Board of Directors of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 summer cycle of Community Youth Grant Awards.

These grants realize one of three mission priorities established by the Foundation--”to assist youth organizations and youth athletics.”

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations for their commitment to facilitating community youth activities for children under age 18 in the Western New York region:

  • Batavia Ramparts Youth Hockey $850

  • KEYS Program $1,000

  • Orleans County 4H Award Trips $700

  • YMCA Challenger Program $1,000

Foundation Board Member Jeff Klips (left) presenting a check for $700 to Robert Batt, representing the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H program.

Foundation Board Member Jeff Klips (left) presenting a check for $700 to Robert Batt, representing the Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H program.

A check being presented to the Genesee County YMCA Challenger Program for $1,000.   L to R: Board Member Ellen DellaPenna, YMCA Challenger & Aquatics Coordinator Megan Boring, Board Members Donna Kabel and Diane Hale

A check being presented to the Genesee County YMCA Challenger Program for $1,000.

L to R: Board Member Ellen DellaPenna, YMCA Challenger & Aquatics Coordinator Megan Boring, Board Members Donna Kabel and Diane Hale

Laboratory Receives New Scanner

Left to Right: Graduate Student Tyler Couch, MS, Graduate Student Jayme Olsen, MS, and Postdoctoral Researcher Zachary Murphy, PhD. Jayme works in the lab of Dr. James Palis (MD). Tyler and Zachary work in the lab of Dr. Laurie Steiner (MD).

Left to Right: Graduate Student Tyler Couch, MS, Graduate Student Jayme Olsen, MS, and Postdoctoral Researcher Zachary Murphy, PhD. Jayme works in the lab of Dr. James Palis (MD). Tyler and Zachary work in the lab of Dr. Laurie Steiner (MD).

This Li-Cor chemiluminescent blot scanner was donated by the Napoleone Foundation to the University of Rochester Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research. It is used to investigate and quantitate specific proteins in cell samples. The team previously used film and a darkroom with multiple pictures in order to get these data, and the results were not as sensitive as this technology achieves. Now they obtain the data electronically with this scanner/detector.

2018-2019 Winter Cycle of Community Youth Grant Awards

The Board of Directors of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 winter cycle of Community Youth Grant Awards.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations for their commitment to facilitating community youth activities for children under age 18 in the Western New York region:

  • Warsaw Junior Tigers Youth Football Program: $1,600

  • Batavia Middle School -- “B Squad” Running Program: $1,100 (PICTURED)

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. John the Baptist Church “Kids to Camp” Program: $1,000

  • Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball/Batavia Stingers: $1,500

  • Genesee County Business/Education Alliance Summer Career Exploration Camps: $1,000

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Equipment Donation to Research Lab

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The Napoleone Foundation donated a new data analysis workstation to the University of Rochester’s Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research. This picture shows research technician Kate Fegan, M.S. performing analysis of flow cytometry data on the equipment. Learning, over her shoulder, is MD/PhD student Jerry Saunders II, M.S. Both work in the lab headed by Dr. James Palis. This new workstation is more than 10X faster than the previous machine in use, which also would sometimes crash during complex analyses. These analyses allow the team to compare and contrast the expression of multiple proteins on the cell surface, and within cells that constitute complex populations representing normal and disease conditions.

MNMF donates $2,500 to the Arc of Genesee Orleans

Left to Right: Arc Executive Director Donna Saskowski, Allison Suttell, Joni Yaskulski, Ann Marie Suttell, and Arc Director of Education Shelley Kordish

Left to Right: Arc Executive Director Donna Saskowski, Allison Suttell, Joni Yaskulski, Ann Marie Suttell, and Arc Director of Education Shelley Kordish

On November 20th, the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation donated $2,500 to The Arc of Genesee Orleans. 

This donation will create a Dramatic Therapy Room at the Orleans Rainbow Preschool which will include a Doc McStuffins themed doctors room, stethoscopes, and doctors kits to create a kid friendly learning environment.