Some of our very best will be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter at a ceremony on Nov. 19 for National Philanthropy Day.
These individuals did not seek accolades, they had to be nominated by someone else and they have very different qualities. What they share is the ability to see a need combined with the effort and willingness to meet it.
“Philanthropy means ‘love of humankind,’ and National Philanthropy Day is the annual celebration that recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy has made around the world,” explains Julia Keenan, co-chair for the Philanthropy Day committee with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indian River Chapter.
Here in Indian River County more than 25 individuals and corporations were nominated by local nonprofits for this prestigious award.
This year’s award recipients are: Outstanding Individual Philanthropist: Paul Becker, nominated by Harvest Food and Outreach Center; Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist: Treasure & Space Coast Radio, nominated by Harvest Food and Outreach Center; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Kathie Pierce, nominated by Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Foundation; Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Karly Krasnow and Jeffrey Krasnow, nominated by Military Moms Prayer Group; and Unsung Hero: James J. Kerns, nominated by Indian River Habitat for Humanity.
Additional individual honorees being recognized for their contributions include: Rev. Scott Alexander, Dr. Robert W. and Nancy Bedingfield, Robert “Robbie” Crum, Michele Klager and Pamela Grant, Dr. Walter and Mrs. Lalita Janke/ The Walter and Lalita Charitable Foundation, Cathy and Willie LaCroix, Brenda Lloyd, Brad and Mary Jo Lorimier, Don and Sandy Mann, Susan Mehiel, Virginia “Ginny” Powers, Trudie Rainone, Archie Rea, Clarence B. “Jack” Rogers, Adrian and Kathy Smith, Fritz Spitzmiller, and Tommy and Simonetta Steyer.
Additional business nominees recognized include: Kidz Closet of Vero Beach/Kidz Closet Charities and Seacoast National Bank.
Thevettingprocesslastsnearly five months with workshops covering the nomination procedures, the development of mentoring relationships, submission of application packets and judging by an objective third party.
Judging was conducted by the Southwest Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“On November 19, Indian River County residents, agencies representatives and business associates will come together to reflect and honor those who share the importance of philanthropy in their lives and continue to make this county one of the best in Florida,” notes Kennan.