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RALEIGH, N.C. – Peter and Martha Klopfer, who founded Carolina Friends School in Durham in 1962, and Peter and Prudence Meehan, who have supported the operations of nearly a dozen nonprofits in the Triangle, received the annual Excellence in Philanthropy award from the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Winners of other annual awards from the chapter, presented at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 10 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, include:

  • Innovation in Philanthropy – Nancy Murray, founder and CEO, Builders of Hope, which has the mission of rescuing and transforming teardown homes into affordable, green housing.
  • Outstanding Corporation – GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization – TROSA, or Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Woody Durham and Mike Haley, founders, Carolina Kids Classic, which benefits the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, and The Childhood Trust.
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Megan French, graduate, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh; David Hare, sophomore, UNC-Chapel Hill; Aaron Olive, N.C. State University. French produced “Catwalk for Cancer,” event at her school to raise money and awareness for breast-cancer research; Hare was a co-leader of Cycle 20Ten, raising over $21,000 for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; Olive, as a student at Fuquay-Varina High School, conducted year-long project to adopt a nature trail for Wake Enterprises.
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive – Eli Jordfald, senior major gifts director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she raised over $3 million in 2009-10, including $2 million that was center’s largest corporate gift ever.

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