Child Care Council Presents Business Leader and Volunteer of the Year Awards

Rochester Chamber member Child Care Council presented its business leader of the year and volunteer of the year awards at its annual Start Bright Gala, held at Locust Hill Country Club.

• Fausto Prattico, principal of Lavoro Group, was recognized as the business leader of the year. The council cited his efforts to increase awareness of the value of early childhood education, through direct marketing to his business clients’ employees. His company also is the major sponsor every year of the council’s Start Bright Gala.

• Mike Kramer was honored with the volunteer of the year award. Kramer, the council’s longest-serving volunteer, was recognized for training child care providers in budgeting and taxes, for his previous service on the board of directors, and for donating numerous items for raffles and auctions at the gala. 

“Fausto Prattico and Lavoro Group and Mike Kramer are tremendous supporters of Child Care Council’s work to connect employees and families with quality child care in the Finger Lakes region,” said Child Care Council CEO Barbara-Ann Mattle. “The council is delighted to honor Fausto and Mike’s significant contributions to child care and to our organization.”

Child Care Council’s Start Bright Gala celebrates the critical importance of early education and high-quality child care in ensuring children get a bright start to the future. This year’s gala also highlighted the council’s 45th anniversary.