RHBA president receives award

GATES — Grace Tillinghast, president of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association, recently received a "Woman of Distinction" award from the New York state Senate.

Sen. Joseph Robach presented the award to Tillinghast during a special ceremony at the state Capitol on May 7, according to a press release.

A native of Argentina, Tillinghast is a former college professor and Eastman Kodak Co. executive. In 2007, she began working full time in her family business, The Battery. The indoor baseball and softball training facility recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The "Woman of Distinction" program was created in 1998 as part of the state Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The award honors women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or act of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

"I am proud this year to honor Grace for all of the wonderful contributions she has made to the Gates and Rochester communities. She has truly been an inspiration to the Rochester community for her business success, her great spirit, volunteerism and activism," Robach stated.

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