Plattsburgh, New York (May 3, 2024) – The Sunrise Rotary Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival Committee
is currently seeking nominations from the community for their prestigious 2024 “Spirit of Ianelli”

What is the “Spirit of Ianelli” Award?
The "Spirit of Ianelli" Award was established in 2010 in honor of the late Mayor John Ianelli, former
Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh and co-founder of the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 1978. This honor is
bestowed upon one individual or individuals – sailor or landlubber – who exemplifies the same
“community does matter” spirit that inspired Mayor Ianelli over 45 years ago, empowering our lake
community to thrive, not only on race day, but every day.

Seven-year-old Mia Taylor from Peru, NY, was named the 2023 “Spirit of Ianelli” Award honoree. Mia,
with the help of her mother, created “Mia’s Spreading Love Mission” on Facebook. Mia’s missions
have spread love in the community in a variety of different ways. Last year Mia personally volunteered
at local nursing homes, organized school supply drives, coordinated Christmas and Easter drives,
donated hats and gloves to local classrooms, raised money to support local book fairs, and sent
birthday cards to nursing home residents, community members facing serious illnesses, and others
that needed a reason to smile and know they are not forgotten.
“Mia’s spirit for giving is amazing,” said Sunrise Rotary President Jim Snook. “Her passion and energy
for giving to those in need sets an example for all of us in the community – of all ages. Mia truly does
embody the ‘community does matter’ spirit.”

Past Honorees
The past honorees of the "Spirit of Ianelli" Award include:
2023 – Mia Taylor
2022- Julia Devine and Amy Guglielmo
2021 - Thom and Betty Loreman
2020 - Local Frontline Essential Workers
2019 - The Plattsburgh Air Park Restoration Group of Volunteers
2018 - Leigh and Stephens Mundy
2017 - Janet Duprey
2016 - Gordie Little
2015 - Local Law Enforcement of Clinton County, NY
2014 - Kit and Sally Booth
2013 - Bob Wallet
2012 - Roger Harwood
2011 - Matt Spiegel
2010 - Bob Pooler
Call for Nominations
for the Prestigious
2024 “Spirit of Ianelli” Award
2024 Nominees
To be considered, please forward your nomination no later than Thursday, May 30, 2024, to Include your name and phone number, as well as, your nominee’s
name, address, and phone number, and provide specific examples that illustrate their
community spirit and dedication to protect and enhance the wonderful quality of life we
enjoy in the North Country. The 2024 honoree will be announced at the Sunrise Rotary
Mayor’s Cup Regatta Award Ceremony on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at the Plattsburgh City
About Sunrise Rotary and the Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival
The Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to host the 47th annual Mayor's Cup Regatta & Festival,
Plattsburgh's most time-honored and highly anticipated summer tradition on Lake Champlain,
on July 6, 2024. Sunrise Rotary hosts the Mayor’s Cup Regatta & Festival as a way for our
community to come together and celebrate summer in the North Country and to enjoy the
beauty of the Champlain Valley and the majestic Lake Champlain. Sponsor donations and
proceeds from the sales of the highly popular Mayor’s Cup T-shirts help Sunrise Rotary
support community-based projects, such as the Sunrise Rotary Pavilion at Wilcox Dock, the
Sunrise Rotary Gazebo at the Samuel D. Champlain monument, the Max Moore Tree House at
the SRT Trailhead and providing wheelchair accessibility to areas such as the Plattsburgh City
Beach, Camp Tapawingo and the LaPierre Lane Park. Go to for an up-
to-date calendar of events for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Festival and to order Mayor’s Cup t-
shirts (when available).
To learn more about the Sunrise Rotary Club, the community projects the club has helped to
develop, the organizations we support locally and around the world, and how to become a
member please visit or contact the club at