From Dairy Farmers to Developers: Lifetime Achievement Award Honors Leenhouts Brothers' Legacy


Nelson Leenhouts and his late, twin brother Norman were honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award May 4. The celebration and fundraising event, presented by M&T Bank, drew more than 400 guests to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and raised more than $160,000 in support of the local youth development organization. The award dinner commemorated the tremendous impact the twin brothers have had on Rochester, through business and their philanthropy.


The theme of the evening – “From Dairy Farmers to Developers” – paid homage to the brothers’ upbringing and values they’ve carried with them throughout their careers. Guests were dressed “farm chic”, with cowboy boots, bandannas and more. It was a true country feel with hay bales, checkered tablecloths, stalks of wheat, twinkling lights and barn doors opening to the dining room. The program, emceed by 13WHAM and Fox Rochester anchor and reporter Jennifer Johnson, included several tributes to Nelson and Norman and performances by Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester members and alumni. 

Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

A special video featuring testimonials from individuals close to the two brothers was also shared. Attendees had the opportunity to take part in a silent auction, a "Bid for Kids" cash call and balloon raffle, complete with cow-patterned balloons, in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester. Prizes ranged from sports memorabilia to spa packages, gift cards and getaways.

Nelson and Norman Leenhouts’ dedication to improving the lives of others has served as an outstanding example of how hard work, combined with a truly giving nature, can make an everlasting difference in the community. Their mission to build better communities throughout Rochester, and beyond, has positively impacted families like those served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the evening such a success! Watch the special tribute video, produced by Crystal Pix, Inc. here.



Presenting Sponsor - M&T Bank

Platinum Sponsors

  • Norman Leenhouts Family
  • Home Leasing, LLC


Gold Sponsors

  • Andy Nahas & The Prospect Fund
  • DelMonte Hotel Group


Silver Sponsors

  • The Charles Finney School
  • Passero Associates
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • VP Supply Corp