Rossi distinguished humanitarian

For her contributions and commitment to the Canastota community, Ann Marie Rossi will receive the Canastota Chamber of Commerce's Humanitarian Distinguished Service Award. Rossi and others will be honored at the Rusty Rail on March 7.

"I'm very honored to get this award," Rossi said. "There are a lot of people who do a lot of things that nobody knows about. I've met many of those people over the years. I don't know if I'm that worthy [to receive the award]."

Since 2001, Rossi has been a director for the Canastota Chamber of Commerce and can be seen carrying the golden scissors while representing the chamber at numerous ribbon cutting and open house events.

On the last full week of every month, Rossi volunteers for Loaves and Fishes, serving food at the United Methodist Church. She's also active with the Opportunity Shop and the Central New York Food Bank.

For more years than she said she can remember, Rossi has been a member of St. Agatha's Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She's a past member of the parish council, and has volunteered for the churches annual Harvest Dinner. One year, Rossi and her husband, Richard, headed up the Aug. 15 assumption celebration.

This year mark's the 125th anniversary of St. Agatha's Church. The church will hold a year-long celebration with numerous events. Rossi is on the food committee.

Rossi has been involved in many other community events including volunteer for the Boxing Hall of Fame's induction weekend and Madison County's bicentennial celebration, organizing the vendors for Canastota Day. She's a co-founder of the Canastota Farmers' Market and many years ago she was a member of Pheasant's Unlimited.

More recently and after the death of her son, Bryan, Rossi became involved in Hope for the Bereaved in Syracuse and has started volunteering for the organization's fund-raising efforts.

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