Celebration of Central Ohio Giving is a National Philanthropy Day Record-Breaker
November 25, 2015 — More than 675 of the region’s most philanthropically minded individuals gathered on Tuesday, November 24 at the 2015 Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Ohio Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day® luncheon to honor those who have significantly impacted our community through volunteer and philanthropic efforts.
The event, emceed by Dr. Lisa Courtice of The Columbus Foundation and AFP Central Ohio Chapter President, Donna Zuiderweg of the Columbus Zoo, was truly reflective of the community’s championship of philanthropy in central Ohio.
Now in its 23rd year, the event recognized nine honorees including:
- Outstanding Foundation: The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
- Outstanding Small Corporation: Lightwell Inc.
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group: Westerville Sunrise Rotary
- Leave a Legacy Award: Louise Warner, presented by the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Fran Ryan
- Big Lots Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award: Vick Chhabria, BuckeyeThon
- Outstanding Large Corporation: Safelite AutoGlass®
- Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Michelle Cramer, CFRE
- Outstanding Philanthropists: Grote, Crane & Kelley Families in support of the Reeb Avenue Center.
Dr. Courtice and Ms. Zuiderweg recognized the generous sponsors who supported the celebration including Naming & Award Sponsors: Big Lots Foundation, Lightwell, Inc.; Celebration Sponsors: Cardinal Health, Cramer & Associates, The Columbus Foundation, Gifted Communications, Huntington, L Brands Foundation, OhioHealth and Safelite AutoGlass®.
Media/Print sponsors include: Grange Insurance, Columbus Business First and 90.5 WCBE. More than 30 tables were sponsored as well. Additional in-kind donors to the event were Live Technologies, Oberer’s Flowers, Mean Mary Jean’s Sweet Treats, Kollmer Photography and Ballooniacs.
NPD® Event Chair Shelley Frank said, “We are blessed to live in a region where individuals and organizations care so deeply about the community that they invest large amounts of their time, talents and treasure into it,” She added, “AFP Central Ohio is happy to play a professional role in connecting those giving-oriented people with the non-profits that serve our communities and citizens. We truly look forward to celebrating those connections at this event, each year.”