Charlotte philanthropists honored

The Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented it annual awards recognizing local philanthropists in seven categories.

The awards were presented at a luncheon Nov. 1.

Caroline May, a freshman at Cornell University and her sister, Emily May, a junior at Charlotte Country Day, received the Outstanding Student Philanthropy Award for their efforts on behalf of groups that included the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics and YMCA.

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting received the Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award for its support of education and its volunteer efforts.

Brenda Lea, executive director of development for the office of institutional advancement at Central Piedmont Community College, was named Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive for her 35-year career in the field.

The Outstanding Legacy Award was given in memory of Minnie Jackson McKee, who taught school for more than 40 years and for whom the McKee-Wilson Child Enrichment Program was named.

Jerry and Martha Schmitt received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award for their efforts over the years.

The Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award was presented to The Duke Endowment.

Wayland H. Cato Jr., a local businessman, received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award for his support of arts and sciences, secondary and higher education and local health and human services groups.

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