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Triangle-area philanthropists lauded

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The Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized the efforts of seven local philanthropists at its annual celebration Nov. 17, titled “The Transforming Hands of Philanthropy.”

The late Dr. Voit Gilmore was named Outstanding Philanthropist for his many years of support, including a donation of land to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, financial support of the UNC-Chapel Hill’s geography department and service on numerous nonprofit boards.

Kelly Adler received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award for her efforts on behalf of the Durham Crisis Response Center that include chairing its silent auction, underwriting food costs for the auction and raising money for its battered women’s shelter.

The Outstanding Corporation award was presented to The East Carolina Bank, based in Engelhard, for supporting more than 50 nonprofits in eastern North Carolina through its 20 branches, and encouraging its employees to volunteer their time.

April Anthony, director of development/Southeast for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional for her fundraising efforts on behalf of the clubs as well as the Wake Education Partnership.

The North Carolina Interest of Lawyers’ Trust Account received the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization award for it mission of generating income from attorneys’ trust account to fund charitable causes, including legal services offices across the state.

Rebekah Meek and Laura Williams, graduates of Meredith College, received the Outstanding Youth award for their involvement in the college’s “Tide of Hope” campaign benefiting victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia.

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