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The Community Place of Greater Rochester has added Scott Benjamin as its new CEO in a move designed to strengthen its mission in the neighborhoods it serves.

Benjamin discussed the recent move along with Community Place Development Officer Debbie Baker, who gave us a preview of this year’s Art of Giving fundraiser, Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.

In addition to his new duties, Benjamin will retain his current position as the CEO at Rochester’s Charles Settlement House. “I’ll be the CEO at both organizations,” he explained. “Community Place will pick up some finance and human resources work that we have a retirement coming up for this year. So it was good synergy, but we remain independent and neighborhood based. So, our boards are intact. Our programs and funding stay with the locations they are at. We’ll just look for additional opportunities to work together, and to create new opportunities for both organizations.”

The Art of Giving will be held on Friday, April 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the City View Ballroom at the Strathallan Rochester Hotel & Spa. “You can come to the Strathallan and go all the way to the top!” said Baker. “It’s a wonderful evening to get to talk to friends, to listen to a little jazz, have dinner. There’s a wonderful silent auction. And then we have this reverse raffle that seems to be very popular.”

Funds raised through the Art of Giving benefit the varied programs offered by The Community Place, which has served Rochester’s evolving needs for over 100 years. “We change with the needs of the neighborhoods, as well as building on the assets of the neighborhoods that we serve,” Benjamin said. “And we do that throughout northeast Rochester for Community Place with a range of services, from basic needs, to youth development, and senior programs, a wide variety.”

To learn more about The Community Place of Greater Rochester, and to get your tickets for this year’s Art of Giving, click here.

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