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Honoring Community Heroes

Unity House to honor Kathleen Jimino, KeyBank, and the Prout/Robison Families

Unity House will celebrate three honorees —KeyBank, former Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino and the Prout/Robison families — for their commitment to community service and to making the Capital Region a better place to live. The honorees have all been long-time supporters of the Troy-based human services organization and will be recognized at the “I Love Unity House Gala” on Friday, Feb. 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

KeyBank has a mission to support organizations and programs that prepare individuals for thriving futures. In accordance with that mission, KeyBank and its employees support the community through employee volunteerism and philanthropy and through significant corporate contributions.

“Unity House has been the recipient of KeyBank’s generous support, both in terms of volunteer hours and financial contributions, for many years,” said Unity House CEO Chris Burke, “and that support has enabled us to continue and expand the work we do in the community.  We are very happy to recognize the KeyBank team for its long-term support of Unity House, and for all they do for our community.”

During her 16 years as Rensselaer County Executive, Jimino was a true friend of human services organizations and the work they do for the community. She was dedicated to preventing alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse in the county, and was a strong supporter of Unity House and its programs to help fight addiction and serve those who fall prey to addiction.  In addition, Jimino was a strong proponent of economic growth that was sensitive to the community and its residents, yet helpful to existing and newly relocating businesses.

“Kathy Jimino is a long-time friend to Unity House and honoring her soon after her tenure as county executive ends seems like a fitting tribute to her work on behalf of the people we serve,” said Burke.  “Her dedication to making Rensselaer County a great place to live and work will have a lasting impact for many years to come.”

The Prout/Robison families have been involved in the community for decades and have supported organizations such as the Hudson Valley Mohawk Gateway, the Brunswick Historical Society, the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy Chromatics, the Oriental Shriners and the Van Rensselaer Kiwanis (where they are 60-year members). As owners of The Prout Printers, the families are longstanding members of the business community as well.

“Our community is fortunate to have such committed and involved members as the Prouts and Robisons,” said Burke. “Since 1920, when Prout Printers was founded, they have contributed to the economic vitality of Rensselaer County and have also shown us all what being an involved resident means.  Their support of the county is unwavering.”

For information about reservations for the I Love Unity House Gala, call 518.274.2607, ext. 4139.