Since 1986, the Axel W. Carlson Award has been a tribute to the unsung heroes of our community. These individuals have made significant contributions through their efforts while neither receiving nor expecting reward or recognition. Recipients receive a small plaque acknowledging their commitment, in addition to a check for $1,000 as a way of saying thanks for their good deeds. A $500 check is also awarded to the charity of the recipient’s choice.
The award’s namesake was a quiet, unassuming Swedish immigrant to Jamestown who, upon his death, established a number of funds at the Community Foundation. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please download the Axel W. Carlson Award application and instructions or fill our out our online form below. Nominations for the Axel Carlson Award are due by April 1.
Completed nominations may be sent to:
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
418 Spring Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Brenda Cole
2012 Norm Merrill
2011 John Bauer
2010 Mary Gabalski
2009 Lorri Huckelbery
2008 Hazel L. Porter
2007 Eleanor Esch
2006 Kenneth M. Kilburn
2005 Roxanne E. Miller
2003 Nancy F. Gaden
2002 Mary P. Avery
2001 Albert M. Olmstead
2000 Joshua N. Briggs
1999 Deborah J. Long
1998 Susan C. Carlson
1997 Frances P. Marra
1996 Etta Marie Young
1995 Lucille M. Blakeney
1993 Randy Burkholder
1992 Victoria A. Rater
1991 Lucille B. Miller
1990 Elizabeth A. Hyde
1989 George Park
1987 Mr. and Mrs. William J. Bellavia
1986 David Robbins
1985 Segundo Pantojas
Axel W Carlson Nomination Form
- Nominations may be submitted for an individual or a group.
- Nominee must be an unpaid volunteer(s) who has received little, or no, recognition for his or her efforts.
- Nominee must have made an impact in response to community or individual needs.
- The award is open to individuals of any age.
- Nominees must be from the Southern Chautauqua County area.
Additional support in the form of notes or letters of personal reflections by other individuals is encouraged. Please limit these personal reflections to no more than three. If possible, mail them along with this nomination form.
If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Sarah Marciniak, Communications Associate, at (716) 661-3390 for clarification.
Note: The award may be given posthumously with the monetary gift being given to the family of the recipient or charity of the family’s choice.