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The Chautauqua Area Community Foundation recently announced Michael Metzger as the recipient of the 2021 John D. Hamilton Community Service Award. Photo submitted

The Chautauqua Area Community Foundation recently announced that Michael D. Metzger will be the recipient of this year’s John D. Hamilton Community Service Award. A reception celebrating Metzger is scheduled for September 24 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel.

Since 1994, the Community Foundation has presented its John D. Hamilton Community Service Award annually to recognize an individual’s dedication, leadership and support in promoting community spirit and improving the quality of life in the region. It is named after John Hamilton, in recognition of his tireless efforts and leadership in the community.

“We are honored that our first public event since COVID is an opportunity to celebrate Mike and his decades of service to our community,” said Tory Irgang, executive director of the Community Foundation.

A Rochester native, Metzger, and his wife, Marge, moved to Chautauqua County when he was assigned to the Jamestown office of Bauch & Laumb. What was meant to be just a temporary assignment turned into a 38-year residency that allowed his passion for community service to grow.

One of his first volunteer roles was as a write-in candidate for the Bemus Point Central School District School Board. Since then he has led several local organizations including United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, and The Resource Center.

Currently, Metzger is a member of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, a member of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Investment Committee; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency; and member of the board of INSYTE.

Most notable of all of Metzger’s volunteer roles was his involvement with Junior Achievement of Western New York. For more than 25 years, Metzger has taught the Junior Achievement Economics for Success program to eighth graders at Falconer Central School. He organized tours of local businesses for students, helped them write resumes, and even arranged mock interviews between students and employees of local businesses.

In 2013, Metzger was appointed to the WNY Chautauqua County Startup Advisory Board, to help create strategies to engage more local schools, volunteers and funders.

“Mike is a shining example of what a community leader should be,” said John D. Hamilton Community Service Award Committee Chair Peter Stark. “We are grateful that Mike and Marge chose to settle in Chautauqua County all those years ago. During this time, he has used his professional career expertise and dedication to help others improve our community and to support and encourage residents of all ages.

Professionally, Metzger worked for over 30 years in the private sector. He is currently vice president of finance and administration at Fredonia. Previously, he served as Vice President and Strategic Advisor of Blackstone Advanced Technologies LLC, President of Blackstone Business Enterprises, Chief Financial Officer of Acu-Rite Companies and Controller of Bauch & Laumb.

The reception honoring Metzger is scheduled for Friday, September 24 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the prize giving at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase starting August 16.

For more information about the event, including how to purchase tickets or send a congratulatory message to Metzger, visit or contact the Foundation at (716) 661-3390.

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Jill E. Washington