Cayuga Centers Names Buildings
Nov 30, 2016
Cayuga Centers staff members and Trustees gathered November 30th to pay tribute to the work of two agency leaders in a building dedication ceremony. They unveiled plaques dedicating buildings to honor the work of President & CEO Edward Myers Hayes, and the late Frederick N. Richardson.
Hayes’ more than 20 years of service to the agency is marked by naming the agency headquarters at 101 Hamilton Avenue, the Edward Myers Hayes Administration Building. The bronze plaque reads, “Celebrating his leadership at Cayuga Centers since June 28, 1995, we dedicate this building in honor of Edward Myers Hayes, President & CEO, who has consistently championed the cause of children and families. Never satisfied with “what is,” he has asked, “what if?” and provided visionary guidance in growing the agency from a limited program agency serving only Cayuga County to a multi-service providers operating programs across the country.” David Warren Connelly, Board of Trustees Chairperson, unveiled the plaque, and said the agency has immeasurably grown its capacity to serve children and families under the Hayes’ leadership.
Hayes said to assembled staff members, “I am honored by this recognition, but am reminded of the quote by Archimedes; ‘Give me a long enough lever and I will move the world.’ With your help and good work, I am privileged to move the world.”
Richardson, who served on the agency’s Board of Trustees from 1988 until his death in August of this year, is remembered by naming the agency’s offices and program spaces at 210 Osborne Street, the Frederick N. Richardson Center. The plaque reads, “Dedicated with gratitude for Frederick N. Richardson’s tireless devotion to children and families by his service on the Cayuga Centers Board of Trustees since 1988 and his Chairmanship since 1997. We celebrate his faithfulness in enhancing the live of all in the community he loved so well through his career with the NYS Department of Corrections, and by his influential charitable service.” Hayes said, “Fred played an incredible role in the growth of the agency. We are honoring him by unveiling the plaque, and by remembering his influence.”
In addition to the building dedications, staff members across the agency are recalling Richardson’s impact by observing Remember Fred Day. He was known for validating and lifting up those around him; staff members have expressed appreciation for one another on designated walls of fame, shared lunch together, sported agency attire, and were treated to cupcakes.
Sheriff David Gould, a member of the Cayuga Centers Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee, noted he was honored to be part of the agency’s celebration as the plaques were unveiled.
The agency held a Celebration of Service Dinner in September that drew nearly 400 people to pay public tribute to the men whose work has inspired a workforce of 575 employees throughout New York, Southeast Florida and Delaware to be diligent in providing services to children, families and individuals who are often underserved and sometimes ignored.