Triad fundraisers honor philanthropy

Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Over 400 community leaders are expected to get together on Nov. 23 to honor excellence in giving and fundraising in the region.

Sponsored by the NC Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the region’s 17th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon will be held at noon at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro and feature awards in 10 categories that will go to 13 individuals and organizations.

With the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation serving as gold sponsor, the event will feature as keynote speaker Charlie Engle, who moved from a life of drugs and alcohol to become a top athlete, inspirational speaker and philanthropist.

Receiving the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be Ann Stone Hanes of Winston-Salem, who has given 44 years of service at nonprofit boards and handled key fundraising roles, including chairing a $75 million capital campaign at Salem Academy and College.

Other winners include:

  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional — Vicki Sheppard, vice president for institutional advancement at Salem Academy and College, and Paul Russ, director of resource development at Hospice andPalliative Care of Greensboro. Sheppard raised final $25 million in $75 million capital campaign since 2006, while Russ coordinates Hospice’s $9 million endowment fund and, as director of marketing and development at Family Serivce of the Piedmont, coordinated $3.4 million capital campaign.
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer – Barbara MacKay Vinson, Greensboro; Leah Price and Peggy Shufelt, High Point; and Sandy McCutchan, Winston-Salem. Vinson, as president and founder of the MacKay Foundation, raised over $850,000 for research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; Price and Shufelt launched a tennis tournament over nine year ago that has raised nearly $300,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters; and McCutchan chairs the Forsyth County CROP Hunger Walk, which raised over $65,000 in 2008.
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation – Lincoln Financial Group, Greensboro, which purchased Jefferson Pilot in 2005 and has upheld the company’s “level of excellence in corporate philanthropy.”
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Individuals – Vic and Roddy Flow, Winston-Salem, who have supported numerous charitable organizations, including Wake Forest University, Meals on Wheels and Senior Services Inc.
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation – Kulynych Family Foundation II Inc., Wilkesboro, which has supported numerous charities, including Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Kulynych Family Life Center, Tiffany’s Place Teen Center.
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Youth – Hanna McRae Young of Kernersville, who as a high-school freshman formed CheeReaders, which has grown to national nonprofit that teams cheerleaders in 40 states who read to young students.
  • Outstanding Fundraising Youth Group — Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive, Winston-Salem, student group at Wake Forest University that has raised over $1 million for Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Outstanding Faith-based Organization – First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, which for 22 years has supported Habitat for Humanity of Greensboro
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Group – The Guild of Family Service of Greensboro Foundation, which since 1995 has supported Family Service in Greensboro through volunteerism, fundraising and advocacy.

Silver sponsors for the event include The Business Journal; High Point Regional Health System; development department, Moses Cone Health System; and Moses Cone – Wesley Long Community Health Foundation.

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