State Sen. Joe Robach, R-56th Dist., recently recognized Mary Pluta at the State Senate’s Women of Distinction Award ceremony in Albany.
Mary Pluta and her family have been fixtures of the Rochester philanthropic community for many years. They have ensured that the Rochester community has the resources needed to support cancer research and treatment through their dedication and commitment.
The family established the Pluta Cancer Center in 1975 as the state’s first independent nonprofit cancer center, which merged with Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester Medical Center in 2012.
Mary Pluta previously served as a center board member and currently serves as a board of directors member of the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation. She co-founded and co-chaired the Emerald Ball and the Tres Chic Fashion Show to raise needed funds for the foundation.
“I am proud to honor Mary Pluta for her continued dedication to the fight against cancer and the Rochester community,” Robach said. “Her passion for our community is undeniable, and her unwavering support for those fighting cancer is to be greatly admired. Without a doubt, she is a most deserving Woman of Distinction from the 56th Senate District.”
Mary Pluta co-founded and co-chaired events that have raised funds for the St. Louis School, McQuaid Jesuit High School and Our Lady of Mercy High School. In addition to her place on the board of the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, she is a member of the Wilmot Cancer Institute advisory board.
The Woman of Distinction program was created in 1998 as part of the Senate’s celebration of Women’s History Month. It honors New York 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.