"We had people who wanted to donate money in Sharon's name, which is another reason we decided to name this award after her," Rea said. "The winner of the award each year will receive $500, which they will then donate to an organization in their community they feel is deserving."
The first $500 was contributed by NYPA Foundation President Mark Backus, who said, "Naming NYPA's community leadership award after Sharon Fulmer is an appropriate tribute to a woman who always went the extra mile for everyone."
Fulmer's former Review co-editor and longtime friend Loomis agreed that the honor was a fitting one.
"My friend Sharon would be thrilled with this tribute," Loomis said. "She was a staunch supporter of community newspapers, and the NYPA board has come up with a perfect way to honor her belief that shining a light on the positive events in a community can generate a shared sense of belonging among people. I am personally thrilled that this ongoing tribute to Sharon will enhance the work she loved."