Sojourner House at PathStone, Inc. receives major gifts from the 10 Ugly Men, Inc. and Walmart Foundation

December 23, 2011 (ROCHESTER, NY) - In keeping with the season of giving, Michael Hartman presented Sojourner House at PathStone, Inc. a donation of $8,000.00 raised during the 22nd Annual 10 Ugly Men Festival held last July.  10 Ugly Men, Inc. is a Rochester non-profit comprised of sixteen young professionals dedicated to philanthropy and charitable giving in the Rochester community.

“I visited Sojourner House over the summer and I was so impressed with the level of care and dedicated staff”, said Hartman.  “This year, we set out to recognize the work of some of the smaller agencies in our area which often go unrecognized for the outstanding community impact they have.:

Michael Hartman from 10 Ugly Men, Inc. presents Sojourner House at PathStone with a donation of $8,000. In photo from left to right: Sojourner House at PathStone, Inc. Executive Director, Kathryn Bryan, Board Chair, William LaForte, and PathStone Corporation President/CEO, Stuart J. Mitchell.
Michael Hartman from 10 Ugly Men, Inc. presents Sojourner House at PathStone with a donation of $8,000. In photo from left to right: Sojourner House at PathStone, Inc. Executive Director, Kathryn Bryan, Board Chair, William LaForte, Michael Hartman, and PathStone Corporation President/CEO, Stuart J. Mitchell.

 The gracious donation from 10 Ugly Men, Inc. was in addition to a $10,000 grant that was awarded to Sojourner House through Walmart Foundation’s “12 Days of Giving” campaign yesterday. The campaign was conducted through the social media site Facebook and awarded Sojourner House the grant in the “Doing it All” category.

“Sojourner House is the only agency in New York State to benefit from Walmart’s national philanthropic effort,” states Kathryn Bryan, interim executive director at Sojourner House. “We are thrilled to have this level of recognition for our work. It clearly shines a positive spot light on our entire community. We plan to use these funds to continue to provide the necessary services to the community that are continually being cut by other funding sources.” 

Walmart’s call for nominations for its “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign resulted in more than 5,400 nominations from Facebook users who shared photos and short descriptions of a nonprofit’s impact in its local community. A panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected nonprofits with a focus on organizations that are providing basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

Sojourner House at PathStone has been dedicated to the total development of homeless women and children, providing shelter, structure and strength for over 20 years. For more information, visit the Sojourner House web site at www.sojournerhouse.org.

Sojourner House and PathStone Corporation came together two years ago to bring the Sojourner House model of resident services to residents in PathStone properties, and to integrate Sojourner House administrative operations into PathStone Corporation. The affiliation has strengthened both organizations’ ability to provide families with safe, decent, and affordable housing, and provide them with the necessary supportive services to transition to economic self-sufficiency.


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