Parkhurst Foundation gets new members

GLOVERSVILLE — The Parkhurst Field Foundation continues to ramp up its efforts to develop the park into a world class baseball destination.

Plans are underway to create update fields, new grandstand, museum and much more at the fields on Harrison Street.

Dottie MacVean has joined the board as community engagement coordinator and will work out of the offices in downtown Gloversville, leading the donor outreach and community involvement for the Foundation. Most recently MacVean worked as the office manager for Assemblyman Marc Butler and once served as executive director of the Senior Service Center of Gloversville and Fulton County.

“We are thrilled to have Dottie volunteer to join our board in such a pivotal and visible role as an ambassador to our community,” says David Karpinski, executive director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation. “She is highly respected for her work on behalf of the citizens and businesses of Fulton County and has the experience, organizational skills and personal relationships to move our foundation forward.”

“My interest in the project is both personal and community,” MacVean said. “My stepdad played for the Mayfield Pirates and did so with such heartfelt pride. The integrity of the game meant a great deal to him and he passed that on to my five children. It is also important to me to support this community that has supported me throughout my life. It is my belief that Parkhurst Field will one day add a jeweled sparkle to the crown worn by Fulton County.”

MacVean joins Fundraising Chair Joey Caruso, Capital Campaign Coordinator Ann Malagisi and an all-volunteer board of highly qualified individuals.

Caruso, a 1964 graduate of Gloversville High School, is well versed at raising funds for worthy causes in the Capital Region and beyond. Spanning four decades, he has raised millions as the fund raising chairman for St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, Johnstown Heart Fund Drive, Fulton County March of Dimes, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School’s 35th Anniversary, Johnstown’s Drum House, and the Farano Center for Children.

Caruso has also helped raise money for the Gloversville Little League, Amsterdam YMCA, the Fulton County YMCA, Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Nathan Littauer Bus Fund. He is most recognized for his work with St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, where he has raised over $50 million and has received 10 humanitarian awards, including the Danny Thomas Humanitarian Award for Dedication and Service in helping find a cure to childhood cancer.

Ann Malagisi, a former Gloversville native, is a professional fundraiser with 23 years of experience serving organizations in the Capital Region. Her work began in 1994 with her alma mater, Siena College, assisting in their $31 million fundraising campaign. In 1999, Malagisi transitioned to Albany Medical Center and served as associate vice president, assisting with their $131 million fundraising campaign.

In 2005, Malagisi transitioned to Skidmore College, serving as executive director of family leadership giving, overseeing philanthropy, volunteerism and communication programs for Skidmore Parents. She currently serves as the head of advancement to Emma Willard School in Troy.

“We are blessed to have such talented individuals step forward and offer their expertise to our campaign,” added Karpinski. “This project will be completed through the extraordinary efforts of the board, the support of the city and county as well as the community as a whole.”

To learn more about the history of Parkhurst Field or get involved with its board and capital campaign, visit parkhurstfield.org.

By Kerry Minor

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