2020 Compassion Awards

WHEN:  THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm


The Giving Circle Compassion Award recognizes that even the simplest act of kindness can have the greatest impact on the quality of life for the underserved and downtrodden.   This award encourages selfless acts and promotes altruism and compassion in future generations.

Ticket and Sponsor Levels:

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Sponsor Level Description Price
Regular One (1) ticket $   100.00
Silver Two (2) tickets and logo on revolving screen grouped in with other sponsorship logos $   600.00
Gold Four (4) event tickets – half of a reserved table and logo alone on reserved screen $ 1,200.00
Platinum Eight (8) event tickets and full reserved table, logo alone on reserved table $ 2,400.00
** The Giving Circle is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  All donations are tax deductible.

Honorary Chairs: Ed & Lisa Mitzen

Ed and Lisa Mitzen, were both born and raised in Upstate NY. Ed is the owner and founder of Fingerpaint, in Saratoga Springs, NY, while Lisa, now retired from the Mortgage Industry is a part-time personal fitness trainer. Ed and Lisa met a little more than a decade ago and they quickly discovered their shared passion for helping those in need.  Together they are involved with several different organizations including Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Double H Ranch, Red Cross of Northeastern NY, Walk to End Alzheimer’s Northeastern NY Chapter, Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center and The Giving Circle.

Ed, father of Emily, Nick and Grace resides with Lisa in Saratoga Springs, NY on a small hobby farm. Emily and Nick both live in NYC and Grace is attending college in California. Ed and Lisa are very proud of all of three of them and enjoy spending time with them whenever they can.  Although they like to travel, they truly enjoy time spent on their farm with their dogs, cats, goats and chickens.

Ed and Lisa love living in Saratoga Springs, NY and feel incredibly blessed. Giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate is very important to them and they are so thankful that they are able to do so.

Local Individual Resident who displays the embodiment of compassion: Bo Goliber

Local Individual Resident: Bo Goliber

Local Non-Profit who displays the embodiment of compassion: SNACpack

Local Non-Profit: SNACpack


Founders Award whose lifetime of actions displays the embodiment of compassion:  AC Reilly

TGC US-based team member whose actions internationally displays the embodiment of compassion: Jim Wilhite

TGC US-based team member: Jim Wilhite

Serge Shishik Memorial Award whose actions locally displays the embodiment of compassion: Mike Gyarmathy

TGC Uganda-based  team member whose actions display the embodiment of compassion: Lydia Kadama

TGC Uganda-based team member: Lydia Kadama