‘Philanthropic heroes’ named

PJ staff report

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Fundraisers in the Cape Fear area honored five organizations and individuals for their outstanding efforts in philanthropy and fundraising.

The NC Cape Fear Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals held its National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony Nov. 4 to celebrate the achievements of the winners.

Dickson Baldridge was recognized for his founding of the Cape Fear Community Foundation and his efforts to help launch the Senior Men’s Club and the Cape Fear River Watch.

He also has been a strong supporter of local nonprofits, including Carolina Canines, the YMCA and Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

Louise Coggins also received the Philanthropist of the Year award in honor of her community leadership, her personal generosity and her fundraising efforts on behalf of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina.

Each year, she and her husband donate 30 percent of their income to local charities, including Planned Parenthood, Good Shepherd Ministries and the N.C. Coastal Land Trust.

Corning Inc. was named Philanthropic Organization of the Year in recognition of its employee giving program, which has awarded more than $293,000 to organizations like the Cameron Art Museum, the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Fear Museum.

Reed Wallace, the only full-time employee of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, was named Professional Fundraising Executive of the Year, not only for his work with the symphony, but for his efforts in helping start the local of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

And Pi Sigma Epsilon at UNC-Wilmington received the Outstanding Student Philanthropy Award for its community efforts, which include collecting food, toiletries and medicine for Good Shepherd Ministries and providing pro-bono marketing services for the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.

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