2022 Nomination Form

The Awards for Excellence selection committee is now accepting nominations for this year’s awards.

Please take a moment to review the information below and in the attached fact sheet, and to think about someone who would be worthy of this honor.   Recipients will receive a monetary donation that they may designate to the organization of their choice.

The James J. Byrnes Awards for Excellence program was established during Raymond Van Houtte’s administration as President of Tompkins Trust Company. Mr. Van Houtte felt it was important to share the bank’s success with community members who have helped to enrich the quality of life in Tompkins County.

Criteria:  Nominees can be a non-profit group, a group of individuals representing a key un-paid volunteerism element of a local organization, or local individuals performing philanthropic community service and should meet the following minimum criteria:
  • Make a significant contribution towards improving the quality of life for others either as a major component of a non-profit organization or through individual philanthropic efforts.
  • Generously volunteer time and effort, on an ongoing basis, to activities which help others in Tompkins County.

Deadline for Nominatons: 

August 22, 2022

Please note, you cannot nominate two individuals from the same organization.


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