Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Ann McCarthy, a longtime volunteer and former board member of the Food Bank of Western New York, will be honored for her years as a community leader at the Food Bank’s sixth annual Sweet Charity event on February 2.
“Ann has given so much of herself to this community and to the Food Bank over the years that we are honored to recognize her during our annual marquee event,” said Peter Renkas, Food Bank board member and Sweet Charity chair. “Ann is so deserving of the public recognition.”
McCarthy recently retired from her position as Consumer Affairs Manager for Wegmans Food Markets, where she spent more than 20 years managing the company’s media, community and customer relations. During those years, she served in a number of volunteer positions in the community, including chairing the 2001 United Way campaign, as well as many years on their board.
She also is founding trustee of Mt. Irenaeus, Franciscan Mountain Retreat, and remains closely connected to her alma mater, St. Bonaventure University. Along with her husband, Robert, and their son, Daniel, the McCarthys recently edited the history of the university; The Good Journey: 150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University, which was published in June, 2011.
“It has been an honor and a joy to spend time with the good people at the Food Bank for so many years,” Ms. McCarthy said. “The leadership, staff, agencies and my fellow board members are among the community’s greatest assets.”
Many community organizations have recognized Ann’s service over the years, including the National Conference for Community and Justice’s Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award for Community Service, and St. Bonaventure, who presented her with their Gaudete Award for community leaders who exemplify the same spirit of service expressed through the life and teaching of St. Francis Assisi.
McCarthy is the past recipient of the United Way’s Volunteer of the Year Award, and in May, 2011, was honored by Leadership Buffalo with their Values Award for Service. In addition to continuing to serve the Food Bank as a member of its Advisory Council, Ann is a current trustee of the Oishei Foundation and the Western New York Foundation. She has also begun her own business creating handcrafted hats, handbags and accessories: Chap-Oh!
McCarthy resides in North Buffalo with her husband, Bob, political reporter for the Buffalo News. Their son, Daniel, is a graduate student at St. Bonaventure University.
Tickets are available for the Sweet Charity event by calling the Food Bank at 852-1305 or visiting www.foodbankwny.org.