Make-A-Wish Recognizes Celebs with Award for Wish Granting

 

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Make-A-Wish Foundation
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The vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York, Tony DiTucci is experienced in construction project management. Outside of work, Tony DiTucci is a dedicated member of his community, supporting charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Every year, Make-A-Wish grants thousands of wishes made by children who are living with critical medical conditions. The organization facilitates many of these experiences thanks to the cooperation of its celebrity supporters. For the last three decades, Make-A-Wish has recognized the generous contributions of these individuals with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.

In November 2018, Make-A-Wish announced its most recent award winners, each of whom has played an instrumental role in furthering the organization’s goals and hosting their own wish experiences.

WWE co-president Michelle Wilson earned recognition for her work as a member of the organization’s Corporate Advisory Council and board member of its Connecticut chapter.

Make-A-Wish also honored celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for launching a campaign to arrange 24 wishes in the span of 24 hours. After involving some of his celebrity associates, he surpassed his goal with 32 total wishes.

The third recipient was YouTuber and baker Rosanna Pansino, who regularly grants wishes by making delicious treats with her wish kids. With a network of 10 million subscribers, she shares her wish-granting experiences among a diverse audience.

Lastly, Make-A-Wish recognized NBA champ Stephen Curry, who has been fulfilling wishes for five years. He has granted 24 wishes in the past year alone.

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The Boy Scouts of America’s Sea Scouting Program

 

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As vice president of Pittsford, New York’s DGA Builders, LLC, Tony DiTucci provides oversight and leadership to the construction of multi-family and senior housing projects. A passionate supporter of local nonprofits, Tony DiTucci serves on the Eagle Scouts Review Board for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Founded in 1910, the BSA has provided scouting experiences in five different programs for more than 110 million Americans since its inception. One of the BSA’s core areas of programming is sea scouting, through which members gain extensive knowledge in the United States’ maritime heritage and learn essential boating skills.

Sea Scout units, which are referred to as ships, learn to operate and maintain power vessels and sailboats with a special emphasis on safety. Other lessons focus on the importance of lights and buoys, the proper method for dropping an anchor, and how to use the tide and wind to your advantage. Moreover, ships facilitate course instruction regarding lifesaving, first aid, swimming, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship. Scouts can also participate in regattas and earn internship opportunities.

BSA Survey Shows STEM Interest on the Rise

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Boy Scouts of America
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A master of arts in administration graduate from Central Michigan University, Tony DiTucci has served as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, since 2013. In this capacity, he oversees multifamily and senior-housing development projects. Apart from his work, Tony DiTucci is a longtime supporter and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Earlier this year, the BSA released the results of an annual survey it conducts in which high school students list the careers they are most interested in pursuing. As part of the Career Interest Survey, students selected from 200 different career choices, and registered nurse topped the list again as the most desirable, followed closely by physician/surgeon.

STEM careers are becoming more popular, however. For example, computer programmer ranked third on the list, the first year it has even made the top 10. Other STEM newcomers to the top 10 were mechanical engineer (No. 6) and computer engineer (No. 10). In his comments, BSA chief executive officer Michael Surbaugh said the sudden spike in STEM-career interest is “encouraging,” particularly because those fields are experiencing shortages of talent.

The Margaret Home in Rochester, New York

 

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The Margaret Home
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With experience in executive leadership in the construction industry, Tony DiTucci serves as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, a company that oversees senior and multifamily housing projects in New York. Tony DiTucci supports community organizations such as The Margaret Home, where he serves on the board.

Located in Rochester, New York, The Margaret Home relies solely on private donations to fund its services for mothers and babies. Founded in 2018, The Margaret Home gives pregnant women aged 18 and above the opportunity to live in a temporary home and work with a staff of trained professionals who help them gain the skills they need to live independently.

Women living in The Margaret Home receive instruction in areas that include prenatal care, parenting, financial planning, and career choice. In addition to supplying its residents with a variety of training opportunities and self-assessments to identify areas in which they need to grow, the home supports the women spiritually, giving them access to an on-site chapel.

Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester Supports Local Schools

 

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Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester
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Tony DiTucci, the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, since 2007, holds a master of arts in administration from Central Michigan University. At DGA Builders, he oversees the development of multifamily and senior housing projects in the northeastern and midwestern United States. Outside of work, Tony DiTucci is closely involved in his local community and supports organizations such as the Italian Heritage Foundation of Rochester.

Since 2007, the Italian Foundation of Rochester has focused its efforts on education, providing need-based financial aid to help high school students attend private high schools. In the past 10 years, the foundation has awarded more than half a million dollars to students at private high schools in Monroe County.

Its fundraising efforts rely in part on its “Friends” program, which invites committed local individuals and businesses to join the social organization in improving local education. Members receive invitations to Foundation events, such as the annual Golf Tournament and Raffle Fundraiser, and are invited to attend family functions that emphasize the value of Italian heritage and the importance of community service.

Interior Design Trends in Senior Housing

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DGA Builders, LLC
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Tony DiTucci has been the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York, since 2013. Among his many responsibilities, Tony DiTucci oversees the construction of senior housing facilities.

Pleasant and enjoyable senior living facilities are more than just brick-and-mortar structures. Substantial thought and planning must be invested in the interior design of the buildings to ensure both employee and resident satisfaction.

While the integration of technology into the living space is now routine in senior living residences, there are still areas for improvement. One of these is the use of LED lighting. In addition to the well-known potential for energy savings, the use of LED lights can promote better sleep patterns and reduce anxiety for residents through, for example, the coordination of lamp color with circadian rhythms.

Builders are also creating new senior housing with a greater emphasis on sociability. Dining rooms and fitness centers are increasingly becoming public spaces, and libraries are now often integrated into coffee shops rather than separate rooms to increase social interaction and engagement.

USGBC’s LEED Green Associate Credential

 

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LEED Green Associate
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With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Tony DiTucci serves as vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. Dedicated to staying current on the latest industry trends and practices, Tony DiTucci maintains a LEED Green Associate credential.

The LEED Green Associate credential is one of several professional designations offered through the US Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization that promotes sustainable building practices in the construction industry. The Council’s suite of professional credentials gives real estate and construction industry professionals the opportunity to show their commitment to improving sustainability in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings.

To earn the Green Associate credential, a professional must demonstrate an understanding of various green-building principles by passing a multiple-choice exam. The two-hour exam comprises 100 questions on the LEED process as well as topics such as water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and energy. Candidates must earn a score of 170 out of 200 to pass the test and become a LEED Green Associate.

Certified Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education (CE) hours every two years to maintain the credential. Professionals can earn CE credits by completing educational courses, working on LEED projects, and publishing articles or books on LEED-related topics. Credits can also be earned by volunteering for green-building projects. Those who earn their Green Associate credential can go on to earn LEED AP specialty credentials in several areas, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and neighborhood development.