Release Date: 
Mon, 05/04/2015

Rochester, NY (May 4, 2015) – Webster resident Richard Vuillequez received the Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year award at WXXI and the Little Theatre’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on April 30th. Recognized for his outstanding dedication to the station, Vuillequez and more than 100 of the organization’s volunteers attended the event at WXXI’s studios.

The Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year Award, named after the late Charles (Chuck) Wise – a loyal WXXI volunteer for many years, stands as a testament to Wise’s unwavering spirit of volunteerism. Each year, a committee of staff members from WXXI and The Little identifies one volunteer who has been an ambassador for their mission in our community.

Vuillequez chairs WXXI and The Little’s Volunteer Leadership Council, serves as a member of WXXI and The Little’s Board of Trustees, and has been very active in helping with membership drives, WXXI’s Auction, and many special events. He was also instrumental in updating WXXI’s docent program and manual. However, it’s what Vuillequez did last summer for The Little that earned him the unanimous Volunteer of the Year vote by the committee. In July 2014, 74-year old Vuillequez rode 400-miles on his recumbent bicycle in support of The Little. He raised $3,500 pedaling his way from Buffalo to Albany.

Other volunteers recognized during the awards ceremony included:

  • The Adirondack Mountain Club, Genesee Valley Chapter, received The Outstanding Group Award
  • Betty Schaeffer received The Little Shining Star Award
  • Henry Simon and Dee Mosteller received The Dynamic Duo Award
  • Ray Baumler and Sue Tennenbaum received The Golden Microphone Award
  • Annette Eisenstein and Nancy Zimmer received The “It Takes a Village” Award, in honor of Reachout Radio’s 30th Anniversary
  • Stephanie Abel received the Sue Hatfield Membership Award


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.