The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation has announced that Dorothy A. Savarese, retired CEO of Cape Cod 5, has received the 2023 JFK Hyannis Museum Founders Community Leadership Award.
Created in 2015 to recognize outstanding examples of leadership in the inspiration of others, in advancement of the civic and economic well-being of Cape Cod, the award will be conferred upon Savarese at a reception at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m.
“Starting as a commercial lending officer Savarese rose through the ranks to become president and chief executive officer of Cape Cod Five, an independently owned and operated financial institution founded on Cape Cod in 1855,” said Peter Ubertaccio, chair of the board of the foundation. “Importantly, we acknowledge her role as mentor to many, an advocate for women, advancing women in banking leadership roles and as a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Following her retirement from Cape Cod Five, Savarese has focused on her role as president of the board of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative as it works to increase the Cape’s resiliency and adaptation to a changing climate. The JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation recognizes this new role and her decades of commitment to regional banking as well as her leadership on the boards of key Cape institutions such as the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and Housing Assistance Corp.
The JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation Founders Community Leadership Award recognizes excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration of others. Established in 2015 to recognize the founders of the JFK Hyannis Museum which was created in 1992 to preserve and promote the legacy of President Kennedy and his family’s deep connection to Cape Cod, this honor has been bestowed upon Wendy Northcross and Rebecca Pierce-Merrick (2015), Michael Robinson and Gary Sheehan (2016), Joel Crowell (2017), Jung-Ho Pak (2018), DeWitt Davenport and The Davenport Companies (2019), Governor Charlie Baker (2022).