The JCC Foundation honored Jon and Judy Kirk and Dresser-Rand Co. during its annual recognition event on November 9.
The Kirks were the recipients of the foundation’s John D. Hamilton Award, which was established in 1995 to recognize individuals whose contributions exemplify those of Hamilton, a past president and trustee emeritus of JCC.
Dresser-Rand received the Community Partner Award.
Kirk, chief financial officer at SolEpoxy Inc., served as a member of the JCC Foundation board of directors from 1998 to 2008. He has been recognized in the community with a Paul Harris Fellow Award and the YMCA Salute to Olean Award.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Kentucky, Kirk began his career at American Brands Corporation, later WR Case & Sons, as a cost accountant. He was the materials manager at Dexter Corporation and Henkel Corporation and retired as senior vice president of manufacturing and officer at Henkel of America in 2009.
Kirk has served on the Rotary Club of Olean, United Way, Bartlett Country Club, and The Rehabilitation Center Foundation boards of directors.
Mrs. Kirk, a former elementary teacher in Bradford, graduated from Villa Maria College with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She has been a preschool tutor and an active volunteer for Little League baseball, soccer, and football organizations and spent many years as a March of Dimes volunteer.
She served on the JCC’s Scholarship Classic Golf Tournament committee which has raised over $100,000 for the athletics program on the Cattaraugus County Campus.
Dresser-Rand, a leading supplier of mission-critical, high-speed rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries, has supported emerging programs as well as capital projects at JCC.
The company was essential in the development of the Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean. The Dresser-Rand Training and Conference Center was established in an historic railroad depot on the campus to house the Center for Continuing Education.
In 2013 Dresser-Rand established the Dresser-Rand USA Scholarship Fund with preference given to engineering students from Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The Unified Student Assistant (USA) Scholarship awards up to the full New York state resident tuition for two years of study to seniors graduating in the top 20% of their class from an accredited high school in JCC’s service area.
The JCC Foundation is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1983 to manage contributions made on behalf of JCC and to allocate funds to JCC programs or events that are not included in the college’s operating budget. Funds donated to the JCC Foundation support scholarships, faculty development, cultural events, the acquisition of instructional resources, and special programs for students, faculty, and the community.