Barbara Cruz, chair, introduced AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Chapter President Judi Bell, who immediately wanted to talk politics, but in a good way. After such a divisive election, she said it was nice we could all come together in the name of philanthropy. That is one thing about this town, it totally runs on charitable works. Our social life, our volunteer life, and even our business life, revolves around the over 2000 charitable organizations.
The host for the awards presentation was Bethany Cagle, Classical Music Host of WSMR 89.1. The Outstanding Corporate Partner went to Donna and Mike Pachota of Sharky's on the Pier. the Outstanding Foundation went to The Dart Foundation. Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser went to Susan Brainerd. Outstanding Individual Philanthropist went to Margot and Warren Coville. And last, but not least, the Youth in Philanthropy Award went to a lovely young lady, Sarah Brickman, who said she likes to help people learn to help themselves and to show people how much fun volunteering is and how it changes lives.
What's the best thing about this event? You are in and out of that place in one hour! We literally were done by about 12:55 PM and everyone was on their merry way to the next thing. Kim Noyes, the chapter administrator, is terrific at keeping everything in order and on track!
Others seen and not photographed below were Veronica Brady, Scott George, Aundria Castleberry, Carol Butera, Susie Bowie, Joan Paru, Ann Logan, Robin Clark, Kelley Lavin, Glenda Leonard, Phyllis Siskel, Carol and Howard Phillips, Susan Scott, Bart Tyron, Sue Seiter, Steven High, Tom Waters, Norma and Sam Savin, Amy Sankes, Jessica Rogers, Alex Quarles, Kaye Chase, Margaret Wise, Scott Collins, Susan Brennan, Mary Beth Bos, Angel Hisson, Kathy Baylis, Michael Corley, Art Wood, Gerry Radford, Larry Thompson, Bob and Pat Johnson and just scads more!
Laurey Stryker, Debra Jacobs, and Roxanne Joffe
Dolly Jacobs and Gila Meriwether
Tom Stuhley and Aida Matic
Annette Dignam, Clint Monts de Oca, and Tom Dignam
Mary Evelyn Guyton and Tana Sandefur
Dottie Garner and Jennifer Gemmeke
Kathy Coffey and Kurt Stringfellow
Pedro Reis and Linda DiGabriele
Eva Slane and Julie Leach
Betsy Coville, Scott Anderson and Bev Koski
Debra Flynt-Garrett and Kim Noyes
Me, Angie Stringer and Kay Mathers
Jim Tollerton and Taylor Collins
Janice Zarro, Audrey Coleman, and Renee Hamad
Gina Gregoria and Ann Moore
Joan Golub, Susan Brainerd, and Christine Jennings
Doris Berkey, Judy Wilcox, and seated, Susan Olsen
Jennifer Mitchell and Wendy Leslie
Lisa Intagliata and Julia Steele
Olivia Thomas and Stacey Corley
Orchids for the centerpiece
Red velvet mini-cupcakes for dessert