Wilmot Cancer Center Development Director Earns Excellence Award

November 15, 2005

Mary Ann Dever, Director of Development

Mary Ann Dever, Director of Development for the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, today received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley’s Robert Klinger Outstanding Fund-Raising Executive Award.

Dever is leading the Wilmot Cancer Center’s five-year, $42.5 million comprehensive campaign, which began in 2004, to expand cancer care and construct a new facility for patient care.  In the first year of the comprehensive campaign, during the quiet phase, she worked with the Cancer Center Board and community volunteers and raised $16 million.

“There is no one more deserving of this award.  She has demonstrated outstanding leadership and diligence engaging a large group of community leaders to support our efforts,” says Richard I. Fisher, M.D., Director of the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Since joining the Wilmot Cancer Center six years ago, Mary Ann has grown the fund-raising effort dramatically. Prior to her arrival, donations totaled less than a half-million dollars per year and in 2004-2005, we received gifts totaling $4.2 million.”

Dever began her career in fund-raising when she was in college, working on the alumni telethon at Centre College in Kentucky.  She worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide for former Sen. Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon, prior to joining Rochester Institute of Technology and then Nazareth College development departments.

She lives in Honeoye Falls with her two sons.

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