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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: 

Jane Yolen

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.

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