Investor, volunteer community basketball program for disadvantaged youth
The former president of Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation of New York City, Ernie Lorch is best known in the City as the director of the Riverside Church Basketball Program - the Riverside Hawks. A deacon of the Riverside Church, he is also a board member of the Protestant Council of Churches and a director of the city-wide athletic association. A guard on the Middlebury basketball team, he has used his organizational, professional and athletic talents to redirect the lives of untold numbers of young men from some of New York's most impoverished neighborhoods through academic tutoring and good coaching for more than three decades. The Riverside program serves age groups ranging from 11 to 19 and typically about 300 players wear the Riverside uniform each year.
For over fifty years, Arnold Melbye has been involved in the world of bird carving. He has carved and painted over 1,500 birds, inspiring others in his field with his realistic style and amazing attention to detail. A contractor-builder by trade, he began bird carving to supplement his income, though not with the game and songbirds for which he is now famous, but with decoys. Though he chose never to carve a bird to enter any competition, his carvings are highly praised and sought after by collectors and he is known as the "Dean of Bird Carvers" by his peers.
Artist Nancy Howe Russell made history in 1992 when she became the first woman to win the Federal Duck Stamp and Print Competition. Her impressive winning painting of a pair of king eider ducks exploring the sub-arctic tundra was the winner in the then 57 year-old competition. The East Dorset sheep farmer and mother of two is also the only Vermonter to win the prestigious contest held annually by the United States Interior Department. The prize carries with it no monetary reward but the limited edition print rights belong to the artist. For the first time, Ms. Howe, a duck hunter herself, chose to return a portion of the print proceeds to go toward the preservation of wetlands. She has also been selected to do the Australian duck stamp and examples of her work are included in the National Park Academy's Art for the Parks traveling exhibit and many other exhibits.
Gwendolyn Toth began organ study at Middlebury College with Emory Fanning. She received further training at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and earned an M.M. in composition and a D.M.A. in organ from Yale University. Since then, she has delighted audiences in North America and Europe with her innovative programs of early music. Winner of two American Guild of Organists competitions and the 1987 Magnum Opus Harpsichord Competition, she is noted for her dynamic applications of historical performance practiced in the art of playing early keyboard instruments. In 1989 Opera News Magazine named her an Outstanding Young Conductor and 1992 marked the beginning of the 8th season of her distinguished ensemble of period instrument performers known as ARTEK.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Executive Director, New York Cares volunteer program
Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Ken Adams became the first full-time executive director of NewYorkCares, a non-profit all volunteer organization that involves young professionals in community service. His dedication to, and leadership of NewYorkCares,brought thousands of young urban professionals into involvement with those whose needs have overwhelmed the system. Through his program, those young business and professional people of New York, often categorized as self-centered and greedy, have taken on the role of selfless Samaritans, visiting the infirm and the incarcerated, helping to feed and clothe the poor and seeing to the needs of the young and the elderly. Ken also holds an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury and he founded a study abroad program in Madrid for American high school students with learning disabilities. He spent a year and a half training, supervising and tutoring seventeen year old members of the City Volunteer Corps in New York and another year as a planner at that program.
An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Kim became the full-time minister at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Provincetown, MA, energizing a parish of 35 to grow to nearly 400. Her ministry there enlivened the church by addressing the pressing issues that faced the community and in turn helped save an historic building. She became the youngest senior minister ever at Boston's Arlington Street Church where she does extensive work with AIDS sufferers, teenage prostitutes, battered women and the homeless. She is co-founder of a pediatric AIDS organization and has served on a state government council working with marginalized youth.