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Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker Set to Accept Founder’s Award, Address Graduates at Villa Maria College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

By May 5, 2017September 18th, 2017Alumni, Special Event, Student Life

Villa Maria College announced today that Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will accept the Founder’s Award on behalf of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at the College’s 2017 Commencement ceremony.

The Founder’s Award is given to a person or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to society and to Villa Maria College; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has made the dream of attending college a reality for numerous Villa students who would not have been able to attend the College with financial assistance from CFGB.

“We are thrilled to honor Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at this year’s Commencement ceremony,” said Sister Marcella Marie Garus, the College’s president. “The work the organization does within the Western New York Community parallels our mission as a Felician Franciscan College, and Ms. Dedecker’s words will surely be a good guide for our graduates as they embark on their next journeys.”

This year’s Commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium on Villa’s Buffalo, NY campus. This year, there are 104 graduates receiving degrees in graphic design, photography, physical therapist assistant and more.

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About Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and organizations establish charitable legacies.

As the chief executive officer at the Community Foundation, Dedecker has led a focused growth and impact strategy. Under her leadership the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systems change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations, and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Dedecker oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch the Say Yes Buffalo initiative and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.