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Monday, October 10, 2011

New Patroon Award to be Presented to Catherine Hedgeman, Stakeholders

Civic engagement, arts, philanthropy booster will be honored on October 12

The Albany Roundtable has selected The Stakeholders, Inc. and its founder Catherine M. Hedgeman, Esq. to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to cultivate support for philanthropy, civic engagement, and the arts among the region’s young professionals.

“The Stakeholders, since its founding in 2008, immediately brought a new vitality to an area traditionally populated by a hoarier demographic – philanthropy,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “Further, The Stakeholders are stemming ‘brain drain’ by working to make our region a sustainable and stimulating place to live and invest. By encouraging younger people to stake a personal claim in our community’s future, the Stakeholders are actualizing a vision long espoused by the Albany Roundtable: that the urban centers of New York’s historic Capital Region should be a preferred destination for living, business and entertainment. We are delighted to honor Kate and The Stakeholders with the New Patroon award.”

Formerly known as the Good Patroon Award, the Albany Roundtable established the recognition program in 1988 to celebrate outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals. While the Good Patroon Award has traditionally honored organizations and individuals with a long record of service to the community, the Roundtable board is seeking, with its New Patroon Award, to highlight and encourage the work of nascent organizations.

Ellen Sax, Vice President of Community Relations for KeyBank, will present the Award at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 33rd season on Wednesday, October 12th. Ellen serves on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee.

The featured speaker for the October luncheon is Meika Loe, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Colgate University who will discuss her new book, Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond (Oxford University Press, September 2011.)

The Stakeholders, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that people are key to the sustainability of New York’s Capital Region. The group seeks to retain and attract residents, workers and visitors and foster regional pride by connecting individuals with area resources and providing enrichment through programs on Education, Capacity Building and Philanthropy.

The October 12 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15, which may be paid at the door. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations are required by Monday, October 10 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to

The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include Maude Baum, Artistic Director of eba Dance Theatre; housing and social justice advocates Roger and Maria Markovics; and Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art.

“When he died in 1839, Stephen Van Rensselaer III was remembered as ‘The Good Patroon’ for his benevolent attitude toward the residents of Rensselaerswyck,” said Ryan. “The Good Patroon Award is the Albany Roundtable’s primary means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Kate and The Stakeholders with this award.”