SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) recently held its annual Robert J. Ludwig Community Services Awards gala. Michelle Ostrelich and Dr. Howard Schlossberg received the Community Service Award for their contributions to the Jewish and at-large communities of the Capital District; The Living Resources agency received the Philanthropic Leadership Award for its commitment to providing services to children and adults in the region; and The Daily Gazette was the recipient of the Corporate Partnership Award for its service and partnership with the Schenectady Center.
The program was held at Proctors in downtown Schenectady.
Ostrelich and Schlossberg, a duo since they were both 19, have been active in the area community. Michelle Ostrelich has made a career of volunteering. She has been on the boards of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Niskayuna Community Foundation and Foundation for Ellis Medicine. She has been co-president of Rosendale Elementary School PTO and the sisterhood at Congregation Gates of Heaven. She has been chairwoman or co-chairwomen of a variety of events, such as Ellis’ Women’s Night Out and the NCF’s 15th Anniversary Day of Service. She has been involved with other organizations including the Schenectady County Medical Alliance, Niskayuna Moms Group, Community Hospice, and is a supporter of the Prader-Willi Alliance of New York, Inc. Ostrelich has been active with the Schenectady Center including a stint as a member of the board from 2008 through 2016 that included two years as president. She is co-chairwoman of the upcoming 2017 Albany-Schenectady JCC Maccabi Games.
Schlossberg is on the board of education for the Niskayuna Central School District. He has served on the Congregation Gates of Heaven Board
of Trustees, the Schenectady County Public Health Advisory Committee and Community Hospice, as well as committees at Ellis Hospital while serving on the board of New York Oncology Hematology.
Living Resources was founded in 1974 by Fredrick W. Erlich as an organization committed to addressing the full range of needs experienced by individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorders), and traumatic brain injuries — providing care and support for a lifetime. It now serves more than 2,000 people with14 programs throughout the Region.
Services include: an After School Program, Arts Program, Brain Injury Services, College Experience Program, Employment Services, and Residential Support.
The Daily Gazette has been a private family-owned company for 120 years. The newspaper was formed in 1894 when the Schenectady Printing Association took over a weekly called the Schenectady Gazette and turned it into a daily newspaper. It is owned by Elizabeth Hume Lind, who today serves as the firm’s board chairwoman. Her brother, William Hume, is vice chairman. John DeAugustine is the company’s president and publisher. The newspaper provides sponsorships and organizes popular community events such as 50+ Living Expos (at frequent host Schenectady JCC), bridal shows and the annual holiday parade in Schenectady.