RCBF Award Recipients
2019 RCBF Inspiration Award:
Vivian Vande Velde
For founding the RCBF 23 years prior, directing it the first five years, chairing the Festival-to-Go.
for 10 years, and leading the fund-drive that provided free books to all FtG students in 2019.
2019 RCBF Special Recognition:
Altrusa International of Rochester
For 15 years of supporting the Festival-to-Go
2018 RCBF Inspiration Award:
Recognizing the publication of her 365th book and her storied career
2017 RCBF Appreciation Award:
Monroe Community College (Dr. Anne Kress) and 292-Baby (Jim Coffey)
For being hosting sponsors of the RCBF since 2004, enabling the event to promote literacy for thousands of Rochesterians each year.
2016 RCBF Inspiration Award:
Linda Sue Park, Salva Dut, and Vicki Schultz
For Dut’s incredible work bringing water to South Sudan; for Park’s book A Long Walk to Water, which sold over a million copies and raised over a million dollars for Water for South Sudan; and for Schultz’s fundraising efforts that led to a new RCBF well in South Sudan.