Ohio Living Foundation Leader Honored With AFP Central Ohio Award


(Columbus, Ohio) – More than 650 of Columbus’ nonprofit leaders and philanthropists gathered on November 15 for the Central Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) National Philanthropy Day®.  The annual awards luncheon honors those who have significantly impacted our community through their volunteer and philanthropic efforts. This year’s event, emceed by former television news anchor, Gail Hogan, and Central Ohio AFP Board President, Emily Campbell of Columbus Academy, was truly reflective of the generous philanthropic spirit that characterizes central Ohio.
 
The 24th annual award honorees recognized were: Outstanding Philanthropist – Virginia “Ginni” Ragan; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group – Christine’s Christmas Board; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Dr. James A. and Julie Homon; Outstanding Foundation – The Wells Foundation; Outstanding Large Corporation – Cardinal Health; Big Lots Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award – The Zoo Connection; Outstanding Professional Fundraiser – Sue Welty, CFRE; Leave a Legacy Award (Presented by the Central Ohio Planned Giving Council) – Dr. Thomas E. and Margaret Barton Williams.
 
Mrs. Hogan and Mrs. Campbell recognized the generous sponsors who invested in the event, supporting the celebration and Central Ohio AFP: Big Lots Foundation, OhioHealth, Cardinal Health, The Columbus Foundation, Cramer & Associates, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Foundation and PNC.  Over 30 tables were sponsored, as well.  Other in-kind donors to the event were Live Technologies, Oberer's Flowers, Grange Insurance, and 90.5 WCBE.  Immediately following the event, guests enjoyed a dessert reception, and took home complimentary copies of the Columbus Business First Giving Guide.
 
“We are blessed to live in a region where individuals and organizations care so deeply about the community that they invest large amounts of their time, talents and treasure into it,” said event chair Robyn Sweet Hoffman.  “Central Ohio AFP is happy to play a professional role in connecting those giving-oriented people with the nonprofits that serve our communities and citizens.  We truly look forward to celebrating those connections at this event each year.”


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