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Monday, September 29, 2014

All Over Albany named "New Patroon"

Will be honored at 10/8 luncheon for providing an “online civic forum for interested and interesting people”

The Albany Roundtable has selected All Over Albany and its editors Mary Darcy and Greg Dahlmann to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to provide an “online civic forum for interested and interesting people.” The award will be presented at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, October 8.

Since 2008, residents of the Capital Region have turned to for information on music, art, history, politics, grocery shopping, maps, and pictures of Flabby Tabby Photoshopped into famous local venues. But it’s not all fun and games on AOA. The website offers – in the editors’ own words – “a healthy dose of stuff you never knew you wanted or needed to know.”

“All Over Albany delivers important information in a format that lets readers skim the surface or dig deep into source material,” said Chris Hawver, President of the Albany Roundtable. “The website is a portal to what matters in our region, and a starting point for many debates and conversations. It provides much-needed perspective on the history and the future of our community, and has fostered a more deeply engaged citizenry. We are delighted to honor AOA with the New Patroon award.”

The featured speaker for the October 8 luncheon is Tom Nardacci, President and Founder of Gramercy Communications. His presentation is titled, “Good to Great: Elevating the Capital Region Brand from Top 100 to Top 10.” According to Nardacci, the capital region boasts stable employment, an emerging technology sector, and successful partnerships among government, education and private employers. But if the Capital Region brand ever wants to rise from “above average” and “top 100” to “great” and “top 10” two key areas need to be fully addressed – development along our historic waterways and full rebirth of our downtowns.

The Albany Roundtable established its Good Patroon Award 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 launched its New Patroon Award in 2011 to highlight and encourage the work of newer organizations.
The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include Hon.  John J. McEneny for his career in public service; Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile; Amy Klein and Capital District Community Gardens; 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. Catherine Hedgeman and The Stakeholders, Inc., received the first New Patroon Award in 2011, followed by Jeff Mirel and The Albany Barn in 2012; and Edwards Grimes-Carrión and Grand Street Community Arts in 2013.

The October 8 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 $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers the option of paying in advance with a credit card at 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 6 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to
“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 Hawver. “The Good Patroon and New Patroon Awards are the Albany Roundtable’s means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present All Over Albany with this award.”